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Pharmacies part of Covid-19 road to recovery

Key issues for the life sciences sector explored as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic

Hancock visits pharmacy to praise sector's Covid efforts

Health secretary Matt Hancock visited a London pharmacy yesterday to give his thanks for the sector’s role in supporting local communities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Legal action against Hancock over retired pharmacist's Covid-19 death

A dentist has brought proceedings against the health secretary and Public Health England after his father, a retired London community pharmacist, died of Covid-19.

CPNI bids for resources to help NHS re-establish

Pharmacies can provide significant support as NHS re-establishes normal working

PDA urges Hancock to talk to unions about pharmacy safety

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association urges Matt Hancock to hold talks with unions and employers on pharmacy workers' safety as lockdown eases.

Extend visas for pre-reg pharmacists, Priti Patel urged

Home secretary Priti Patel has been urged to extend Tier 2 and 4 visas for pre-registration pharmacists during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hancock clarifies ‘extra £300m’ pharmacy comments

Matt Hancock has been forced to clarify remarks about the £300m cash advance being paid to pharmacies in England.

Minister praises pharmacies' 'outstanding' Covid-19 response

Pharmacy Minister Jo Churchill has thanked community pharmacists for their commitment in an open letter to the sector.

Budget 2020: Businesses can claim COVID-19 sick pay

The coronavirus outbreak featured in chancellor Rishi Sunak’s first budget, with measures including loosening sick pay rules.

Pharmacists to strike as funding pressures 'reach end game’

Community pharmacists in Northern Ireland last night voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action.

Medicines and Medical Devices Bill: second reading March 2

Bill gives government powers to update medicines regulations once Brexit transition period complete.

Hancock urges pharmacists to engage with French model

Health secretary Matt Hancock has reiterated his support for maximising the use of pharmacists' clinical skills.

Revised PCN service specs agreed in GP 2020/21 contract

SMRs scaled back, but PCNs now funded to employ pharmacy technicians.

Pharmacists offered ‘fast-track’ medical degrees under Brexit plans

The government is planning to offer pharmacists and paramedics a fast-track conversion course to retrain as doctors.

NHS forced into rethink on PCN service specs

GPs reject draft service specifications.

Consultation underway on draft PCN service specs

Consultation under way on first draft PCN service specifications.

Scottish govt to recruit 120 primary care pharmacists

Pharmacists and pre-reg posts part of Scottish National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan.

Hancock: ‘We will unleash the potential of our pharmacies’

Matt Hancock: "We will unleash the potential of our pharmacies because there really is so much more they are capable of doing."

NHS “top priority” for Tories following landslide win

Boris Johnson said the NHS will be the “top priority” for his government after the Conservative's sweeping victory.

Co-ordinated approach to PCN engagement needed, says Patel

Local approaches to PCNs should be co-ordinated, says North East London LPC chief officer Hemant Patel. 

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