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Patients before politics

Exactly where do patients come in the row between the government and the British Medical Association? Our correspondent thinks he knows the answer.

Now or never, or maybe not

Up to 3,000 pharmacies to close – so what's new, asks Steve Bremer

Writing to GPs shown to cut antibiotic prescribing

Study across 1,500 GP practices produced savings of over £92,000 in antibiotic prescription costs

A European solution for cutting medicine costs

Sid Dajani, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s elected representative on the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, discusses European spending issues

Pharmacy petitions the PM over cuts

Pharmacy bodies work together to launch a petition to the prime minister

NPA to launch petition to the Prime Minister

The NPA ramps up its campaign to support independent pharmacies

Funding cuts: vulnerable patients 'ultimate losers' say pharmacists

Pharmacies looking at variety of ways to reduce costs in light of proposed funding cuts

Diabetes UK wants pharmacists to become 'Clinical Champions'

Diabetes UK wants pharmacists to make a difference to services for patients with diabetes in their area

DH proposals "ill-conceived and inconsistent" says Pharmacy Voice

Pharmacy Voice calls government commitments to enable community pharmacy to be integrated into NHS

Independent saves £20k with R&D tax credits

Independent contractor claims back over £20k in retrospective tax relief

Public accept pharmacy as healthcare venue

Consumers increasingly willing to have care delivered in non-traditional settings by non-traditional providers

GPhC fee levels to remain at current levels

GPhC fees for pharmacists, technicians and premises will remain at current levels for 2016/17

PSNC issues service development proposals to DH

Proposals include repeat dispensing as default, patient registration and enhanced medicines optimisation

The trouble with technology

Claire Ward warns of the dangers of getting carried away with digital technology

Implications of the junior doctors' dispute

Onlooker considers the rights and wrongs of the junior doctors' dispute

A scary tale

Once upon a time, in England, as independent contractors around the country focused their skill and dedication on supporting the health of their patients during one of the busiest weeks of the year, a group of disingenuous civil servants somewhere in Whitehall were feeling a little guilty about the contrived letter they had told the intern to send to pharmacy bodies. They had typed it hastily between important meetings and hoped the fudge would go unnoticed ...

Local emergency supply scheme would save £120k

NHS-funded emergency supply scheme is a viable option to reduce NHS workload, concludes study

Cuts mechanism favours multiples, says Numark

"DH is throwing pharmacy to the wolves," says D'Arcy

Up to 3,000 pharmacies expected to close

Pharmacy minister Alistair Burt predicts that up to 3,000 pharmacies could close, with independents hit hardest

Strachan slams DH proposals as "nonsense"

Proposals are a "slur" on community pharmacy, says Strachan

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