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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.

NPA 'won’t stop lobbying for funding support'

NPA chair Andrew Lane said the body will not give up lobbying the government for more funding to support independents.

Minister thanks pharmacies but is silent on funding

Pharmacy minister Jo Churchill expressed her gratitude to community pharmacies for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic.   

Over 1.7m reached by Test and Trace claims Government

The government claims over 1.7 million people have been reached through its test and trace programme.  

NPA to give 'hard-hitting' response to Covid inquiry

NPA chief executive Mark Lyonette says his organisation will give a 'hard-hitting' response to a Covid-19 inquiry. 

Contractors and not “usual suspects” should drive LPC and PSNC reform

An oversight board made up of only contractors should monitor how the recommendations in the Wright report are implemented

Dukes brands lack of Covid funding "a disgrace"

PSNC in talks about two streams of funding – recognition of Covid-19 costs and a bid for an increase in the global sum under the review mechanism.

CPhO Keith Ridge praises community pharmacy's Covid response

England’s chief pharmacist says sector’s response to the Covid crisis was “of the highest order” and demonstrated "its essential clinical role".

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