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Analysis

Report reveals impact of Covid on female health workers

The NHS Confederation’s Health and Care Women Leaders Network found “a significant rise” in female staff reporting poor health.

Dispensing GPs driven by 'profit motive' report finds

Dispensing GPs prescribe in ways that are "consistent with a profit motive," a report finds. 

Massive rise in mental disorders among health workers in Covid peak

The first peak of the Covid pandemic last year saw a 300 per cent rise in healthcare workers suffering from mental health problems.

GPhC announces 88% pass rate in first online exam

Eighty-eight per cent of candidates sitting the online registration assessment in March achieved a pass, the GPhC announced this morning.

Pharmacy capable of delivering millions of Covid jabs, survey finds

Over 90 per cent of community pharmacists would be eager to take part in an annual Covid-19 booster vaccination programme similar to the flu jab service given the right funding and support, a new survey shows.

People from deprived areas most likely to suffer diabetes complications

People living in socially deprived areas of Scotland are more likely to experience life-threatening complications of type 1 diabetes, according to a new study.

GPhC's pandemic response to be reviewed this year

The Professional Standards Authority is unlikely to publish a report into the GPhC's performance “before late in the year".

GPhC too soft on corporate multiples claims PDA

The GPhC is disproportionately tough on individual registrants compared to pharmacy owners and premises, the PDA has claimed. 

Cough & cold OTC market shrank by 30% in 2020

A dramatic reduction in the size of the OTC cough and cold market during the pandemic could become a long-term trend, the PAGB has warned. 

MHRA says benefits of AZ vaccine far outweigh the risks

Current data suggests that incidence of cerebral blood clots is around 4 per million first doses of the AZ vaccine.

Over 90% of pharmacists want yearly Covid jab service

Pharmacists want to lead on an annual service similar to flu jabs, but have concerns around capacity and policymakers' attitudes, new data shows.

CCGs to be 'subsumed' into ICS before end of 2021

ICSs will also take on community pharmacy commissioning once they are established.

More powers to be devolved to GPhC under proposed legislation

The Government is proposing that health regulators such as the GPhC are given greater powers to set more of their operating procedures.

OTC analgesic prescribing fell just 4% after NHS guidance

NSH guidance aimed at reducing prescriptions for OTC medicines saw a drop of just 4.4 per cent for simple analgesia prescriptions in its first year.

GPhC under mounting pressure over exam booking chaos

The GPhC is coming under increasing pressure to ensure trainees can sit the assessment next month.

Pharmacist safety reports plummet by 43%

A distinct trend towards reduced reporting of patient safety incidents by pharmacies has continued throughout the Covid-19 pandemic says the NPA.

GPhC seeks permanent remote FtP hearing powers

The GPhC is seeking permanent legal powers that will allow it to hold remote fitness to practise hearings and to make certain hearings private.

'More funding' needed for representation reforms

The group set up to take forward the Wright reforms will hold a virtual event next month to update contractors.

£80 million funding for drug treatment services

Local authorities get funding to improve access drug treatment services and to expand naloxone and needle and syringe programmes

Annual GPhC fee reviews could be replaced by ‘multi-year cycle’

The GPhC is to hold a consultation on plans to set its registration fees for a multi-year period, rather than reviewing them each year.

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