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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.

Sale of GP surgery operator sparks concern over NHS privatisation

AT Medics acquisition makes US-owned Operose largest GP surgery operator in UK.

Health minister condemns assault on pharmacist

Northern Ireland health minister Robin Swann has condemned an assault on a community pharmacist who asked a customer to wear a mask. 

1k jabs per week rule to stay ‘until supply improves’

The Government won’t relax rules preventing smaller pharmacies from taking part in the Covid-19 vaccination programme until “supply allows".

Reciprocal EU healthcare arrangements confirmed

EHIC/E111s remain valid but will be replaced by new Global Health Insurance Card on expiry.

Pharmacy minister describes 'tough' funding talks

Jo Churchill has confirmed the Government is considering additional funding to meet the costs incurred by community pharmacy during the pandemic.

NHS ‘reservists’ could work in pharmacies under new measures

Matt Hancock has endorsed a new bill that could see the creation of a permanent ‘NHS reservist system’ placing volunteers in pharmacies.

Pharmacies need share of NHS £3bn, NPA tells Stevens

The NPA has urged Rishi Sunak to set aside some of the £3 billion for the NHS to support pharmacies.

Further visa extension for overseas pharmacists announced

The government has extended the visas of thousands more overseas health workers including pharmacists.

GPhC to implement new education standards 'as early as possible'

New standards include the aim of people being independent prescribers at the point of registration.

Hancock slammed by pharmacist on BBC Question Time

Matt Hancock was accused by a pharmacist on BBC Question Time of underestimating the Covid vaccine challenge.

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