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Health Warning

I am profoundly disturbed by the government’s decision to cut our funding by 6 per cent: it is no less than an act of wanton destruction. By the government’s own estimates, as many as 3,000 pharmacies could be forced out. Obviously, our representative bodies should present a united front to fight this cut, but from what I have seen they haven’t actually grasped the underlying issue – that this is simply another step in a cynical assault on the NHS.Pharmacy Voice produced the most vigorous protest, but it won’t have the slightest effect.

Half of independents may use hub and spoke, government predicts

Up to 50 per cent of independents will use hub and spoke, predicts government

No snogging in this business

Just when you thought ‘spellcheckophobia’ couldn’t be any scarier than a wooden frying pan, I was doing a snagging list for one of my rental properties. Anybody in the rental business knows about HMOs (houses in multiple occupation), sections 13 and 21 and, of course, the very expensive section eight, of the Housing Act.I have rented out houses since the 1990s and have built up a portfolio in double figures. What started out as a hobby can be quite a headache at times.

Shame on the junior doctors

Junior doctors in England went on strike for a second time on February 10. Shame on them! Call themselves professionals? I was always told that being a professional set a calling apart. Members of a profession put the public interest above their own. There are codes of conduct embodying this selfless approach. Indeed, the current code for doctors requires them to put patients first. As I have said before, I don’t see how doctors can do that if they are on strike.

So, you made an error?

Numark’s Gary Choo explains how to minimise the risks associated with dispensing errors

NHSE claims success at reducing antibiotic prescribing

Antibiotic prescribing down 7.9 per cent in 2015 compared to 2014

You are the missing link

Pharmacy bodies working together, so should contractors by collecting petition signatures

The difference between Optive eye drops explained

Leyla Hannbeck shares answers to topical questions put to the NPA's Information Dept

NPA delivers 'Support Your Local Pharmacy' message

NPA delivers pharmacy support message to Skipton House

Snake venom used to develop blood clotting medication

Clotting medication unaffected by blood-thinning drugs developed with snake venom

A friend indeed

Charles Gladwin looks back on 175 years of Pharmacist Support

FMD – coming soon

The Falsified Medicines Directive will apply across Europe from February 2019

Giles Pharmacy wins national Alphega award

Monika and Archie Unger recognised by Alphega for their high standards

DH extends funding consultation by two months

2016/17 funding consultation deadline extended until May 24

Giving skincare a makeover

We review the medicated skincare category

Choices and decisions

There’s no doubt the Department of Health has managed to achieve what it intended with the funding cuts. Pharmacy has become a frenzy of engagement, activity and debate – something our representative bodies have never before been able to achieve. Despite years of endless conferences, campaigns and even a government-backed call to action, it’s taken a £176m threat to our income to jump-start a reaction.

All-party group calls for national self-care strategy

NHS is failing to use self care to tackle rising demand for scarce resources, says report

Making the case for pharmacy

Claire Ward sets out Pharmacy Voice's response to government proposals for the profession

NHSE funds national antibiotic resistance programme

Up to £150,000 available to each CCG to fund measures to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Prescription charge increase criticised

Script charge in England rises to £8.40 from April 1

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