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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

Get the bigger picture, N Ireland contractors told

Belfast contractor Terry Maguire highlights key pharmacy figures to Northern Ireland pharmacists

N Ireland independents told to think differently

Numark's John D'Arcy tells members in Northern Ireland that profit is not a dirty word

Welsh common ailments scheme leaves England isolated

England is now the only home nation without a national common ailments service

Independents reject hub and spoke

Cambrian survey: 90 per cent of independents against wider use of hub and spoke

Infrared themography used to monitor joint inflammation

Brian Collett rounds up the latest clinical news from around the world

Independent Voice – toughing it out

Pharmacy Voice chair Claire Ward is dismayed at funding cuts, but calls on the sector to work together

Dispensing errors: reducing the risks

Gary Choo, Numark’s head of information services, explains how to minimise the risks associated with dispensing errors

The National Living Wage - what you need to know

Pharmacy law practitioner Richard Hough explains what the new requirements of the National Living Wage will mean for pharmacy businesses

OTC treatment of haemorrhoids

Alan Nathan summarises the contents and mode of action, and use of OTC haemorrhoid preparations

Fun and games from the DH

Alistair Burt, the Heath Department Minister who has pharmacy within his portfolio, cried off at the last minute from attending the NPA’s triennial dinner in November last year. He apparently pleaded parliamentary business. But could it be that the pay cut for pharmacy that was shortly to be announced made him a reluctant attender. He could reasonably have expected that NPA chairman Ian Strachan would have made a strong case (as Ian did) for expanding the role of community pharmacists in the hard-pressed NHS and he surely would have known that pharmacy was about to face a severe haircut in the form of a reduced global sum.

Taking a pain check

We round up of the latest news in the topical analgesics and joint care category

RPS recommends key role in care homes

Every care home should have a named pharmacist responsible for its medicine, says RPS

DH doesn't want to close pharmacies, says Burt

Burt says aim of cuts is to create efficiencies, not close pharmacies

Joined-up thinking

Withering considers David Cameron's proposals linking social care and mental health

Investigating committee guidance explained

Pharmacy Law practitioner Richard Hough summarises what new GPhC guidance for the investigating committee means in practice

Endorsing queries resolved

The NPA's Leyla Hannbeck answers three topical questions about prescription endorsement

A game of strategy, or fantasy?

The influence of the BBC’s ‘Dickensian’ theme seems to have reached as far as the NHS just before Christmas, with ruthless Mr Scrooge slashing pharmacy funding in an unprecedented manner. Moreover, he certainly forgot to emerge in 2016 as a reformed and generous man!By imposing a cut of £170m in pharmacy funding for 2016-17, the Global Sum will shrink to £2.63bn and our funding in cash terms will be reduced by a dramatic 6 per cent before we factor in the additional hit from national minimum wage reviews and pension contributions.

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