Political

Non-pharmacist dispensing role must be ruled out, says NPA

Removing pharmacists from the supply process can not improve patient safety.

Hunt urges greater transparency over medication errors

The Department of Health and Social Care believes the roll out of electronic prescribing systems across more hospitals could reduce errors by 50%.

NPA election deadlines loom

Nomination forms must be returned by 12 noon this Friday, 23 February 2018.

PM: Community pharmacy at heart of patient care

Prime Minister Theresa May recognised community pharmacies role in the nation's health in her welcome message to delegates at Sigma's tenth annual Conference.

Decriminalisation of dispensing errors draws nearer

The Order is due to go before the Privy Council on 8 February 2018.

NPA concern over super-regulator proposals  

Proposals to create a health sector super-regulator could dilute pharmacy expertise within the regulatory regime, the NPA fears.

RPS presses for better use of Pharmacy Integration Fund

The Fund should be used to accelerate referral to pharmacy schemes to help prevent readmissions into overstretched hospitals.

Parliament approves legislation on inadvertent dispensing errors

The Pharmacy (Preparation and Dispensing Errors–Registered Pharmacies) Order 2018 is expected to come into effect next year.

Plans for health and care hubs across Wales

The move is part of an overall initiative to get GPs, pharmacists, therapists and even social care staff to work more closely together.

NHS budget plan disappoints

Many healthcare bodies were disappointed by Chancellor Philip Hammond's statement.

Empty words, empty promises?

Mandeep Mudhar is disappointed by attitudes at the recent APPG meeting

Dispensing error defence laid before parliament

The Order brings pharmacy in line with other healthcare professions.

Shadow Health Secretary gets his flu jab

"The Government ought to do more to support successful and innovative community pharmacies," he said.

MPs to carry out inquiry into e-cigarettes

There are still significant gaps in the research guiding the regulation and sale of e-cigarettes.

Save the date: 21 November!

A political campaigning day for community pharmacy is being organised.

PDA and NPA urge safety first in supervision debate

The PDA and NPA have jointly appealed to members of the Department of Health's Rebalancing Board to adopt a patient safety 'pledge'.

Winter crisis now "all year crisis", says NHS Confederation

Confederation urges support for "every part of the system" during the next few months.

Alliance warns patients at risk in Brexit negotiations

The Brexit Health Alliance warns that patients will suffer unless negotiators make sure that issues such as access to new medicines are given the attention they deserve. 

Independents urged to build bridges with local MPs

The NPA will give bespoke support to any pharmacist hosting an MP in their pharmacy.

RPS raises concerns over mooted prescription restrictions

The RPS believes people on low incomes wouldl be disproportionately affected by the change.

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