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New pharmacy minister announced in cabinet reshuffle

Maggie Throup is a former Government whip and trained scientist.

APPG launches inquiry into future of community pharmacy

MPs want to gather information to create a blueprint for the sector's development in the coming years.

Amanda Pritchard confirmed as next head of NHS England

Viewed as the continuity candidate, Pritchard will be the first woman to head up NHS England.

EPB chair: Don't take away pharmacists' Covid vaccine indemnity

Govind warns minister that removing indemnity will hinder jabs delivery.

Jeremy Hunt: Pharmacies must 'make voice heard' on ICSs

Former health secretary says pharmacies should seize new commissioning opportunities.

Javid urged to support pharmacy

Sector leaders have called on the new health secretary to ensure community pharmacists’ skills are used to reduce pressure on the NHS and manage the backlog of care.

Hancock: Vaccinations to shift from GPs to pharmacy

Health secretary Matt Hancock has said he wishes to see a “big shift” in how vaccinations are carried out in England this winter.

Pressure on Government over Covid costs ramps up

APPG cross-party letter sees "dozens of MPs and peers from all parties" wading into the pharmacy funding row, according to the Sunday Times.

Wright review engagement events this week

The Review Steering Group taking forward the reforms proposed in the Wright review is holding events this week to update contractors and LPCs, starting tonight.

CPNI calls for new approach to accessing primary care

The Department Of Health needs to conduct a review of the whole system and how it is currently operating, says CPNI chair James McCaughan.

Make PrEP available from pharmacies, MP urges NHS chief

Preventative HIV medicine should be available from community pharmacies, NHS England chief Simon Stevens has been told.   

RPS Wales issues pharmacy manifesto ahead of elections

The Welsh arm of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has issued a pharmacy manifesto ahead of the May 6 elections.

SNP pledges to create state-owned generics manufacturer

The Scottish National Party has said that if it wins the May 6 election it will create a state-owned pharmaceutical agency.

Office of Health Promotion takes over from PHE

New body will lead national efforts to tackle obesity, improve mental health and promote physical activity.

New UK Health Security Agency starts work in April

UKHSA combines the key elements of PHE with the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), and NHS Test and Trace

Pharmacy in PM’s constituency stages funding protest

Pharmacies in the prime minister and chancellors’ constituencies have appealed to the Government on Covid-19 funding for pharmacies. 

MP ‘disappointed’ by budget’s pharmacy snub

A Labour MP has told the commons he was “disappointed” that last week’s budget statement did not offer any financial relief to pharmacies.

Government makes it easier to recruit overseas pharmacists

The Government has made it easier for overseas pharmacists to come to the UK by adding the profession to the Shortage Occupation List.

Pharmacists' body slams 'callous' NHS pay rise offer

The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists has attacked the government's proposed one per cent NHS pay rise.

Pharmacy manifesto for next Scottish government

With a general election in Scotland coming up in May, Commumnity Pharmacy Scotland has launched a manifesto for the next Government.

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