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Labour’s McDonnell wants to bring pharmacies ‘in-house’

The shadow chancellor says Labour would bring pharmaceutical provision in-house.

MPs call for ‘sustainable funding’ for N Ireland pharmacies

CPNI welcomes MPs' call for ‘sustainable funding’ for pharmacies in Northern Ireland.

Over 8,500 pharmacies sign up to new CPCS

Deputy chief pharmaceutical officer Bruce Warner said CPCS is a “step change” in the way people access community pharmacists.

Government wants to give more health workers prescribing powers

The government reveals plans to “increase the range of professions able to prescribe low-risk medicines."

RPS calls for NHS-funded mental health support for all pharmacists

The RPS calls on the government to ensure all pharmacists have access to NHS-funded mental health support services.

Pharmacists to switch fluoxetine strengths as first SSP introduced

Pharmacists have been granted powers to dispense an “alternative strength or pharmaceutical form” of fluoxetine.

NAO: Still significant gaps in no-deal medicines planning

There still significant gaps in the government’s efforts to safeguard medicines supply after a no-deal Brexit.

Corbyn: Labour would establish state-owned generics manufacturer

Jeremy Corbyn has said that if elected Labour would “redesign” medicine distribution in the UK.

Labour announces pledge to scrap prescription fees

Labour's plans would bring England in line with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

RPS: Chancellor Javid must "look beyond one year"

The government must take a long-term approach to the recruitment and training of pharmacists, the RPS tells Sajid Javid.

PDA asks chancellor for pharmacy medication service funding

The PDA asks Sajid Javid for funding to allow pharmacists to have more detailed talks with patients about their medicines.

DHSC puts up £25m for no-deal express medicines freight service

The DHSC is inviting tenders for an express freight contract to ensure the supply of medicines in a no deal Brexit.

Jo Churchill confirmed as new pharmacy minister

Following several weeks of speculation, the Bury St Edmunds MP has been confirmed as the new pharmacy minister.

Javid ramps up no deal medicines budget

The chancellor has made £434m available to avoid disruption in medicines supply in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Pharmacists can differentiate meningitis from headache

Pharmacists have reacted to a letter from a doctor claiming they lack the diagnostic skills to spot signs of meningitis.  

HEE says current pharmacy training model is unsustainable

The current pharmacy training model is not sustainable for future workforce requirements, a HEE report has warned.

Protect hospital pharmacists against dispensing error prosecution  

Anderson calls for decriminalisation of dispensing errors to be extended to hospital pharmacists. 

Pharmacy minister “alert to financial pressures”

Pharmacy minister Seema Kennedy said she is “alert” to the difficulties facing community pharmacy contractors.

NPA chief: PCNs could leave “big hole” in sector

The clinical pharmacist role's expansion in PCNs could leave “a big hole” in community pharmacy, Mark Lyonette warns.

NPA research gets BBC Breakfast platform

The NPA’s Director of Pharmacy, Leyla Hannbeck, appeared on BBC Breakfast to detail its latest research.

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