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Your opinion counts – current consultations

A roundup of consultations that the NPA is responding to on behalf of its members

Quarterly summary of patient safety incidents

Medicines safety update: How to minimise the risk of errors

Life after Brexit

Gareth Jones consider the implications of Brexit

Sefgrove Chemist celebrates 40 years in business

Daksha Patel and daughter Shinali McCusker celebrate 40 years of business at their Sefgrove Chemist

Pharmacy flu vaccination service recommissioned

Recommissioning of pharmacy flu vaccination service proves controversial with GPs

Confusion reigns as cuts loom

What really lies behind government consultation on the future of pharmacy in England?

Retail pharmacy stronger in the EU, says Sigma

Bhavin Shah and Claire Ward argue the case for remaining in the EU

Should we fight, or talk?

Our recent Leicestershire federation seminar on ‘Securing your pharmacy future’ attracted over 50 independent contractors from as far afield as Leeds and Kent. With an agenda covering key business survival strategy, the biggest concern on the mind of every pharmacy owner was the financial viability of their business. Keynote speakers included business advisors from pharmacy banker Santander and leading specialist pharmacy agent Christie & Co. Both institutions insist our sector is still buoyant, but they did warn about the impact of eroding pre-tax profitability on pharmacy valuations.

Strong-armed, or what?

Iain Duncan Smith recently created a furore when he resigned from the government as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Yet, in the midst of the media storm his resignation created, an equally sensational story about the NHS crept under the radar. It came from former Lib Dem MP and minister in the coalition government David Laws, and it concerned the vexed question of how much extra money the NHS actually needs up to the year 2020.

Wound care and minor injuries

Dressings are continually evolving both to improve wound healing and to reduce pain and discomfort during the process. Charles Gladwin looks at some of the factors to consider around dressings and plasters for minor injuries

Protesting about the cuts

I am attending an occasionally held NPA and NPA Insurance joint meeting today to align the strategies of both. NPAI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the NPA and it is important that the organisations work together in the best interests of members. Such meetings allow the parent company to understand the regulatory challenges of operating an insurance company and NPAI to understand the challenges faced by community pharmacists in their day-to-day practice. Satisfaction levels are high and the dedicated team for claims handling consistently receives excellent feedback.

Lincolnshire pharmacy marks 25,000th delivery

Beacon Pharmacy's 25,000th delivery customers presented with a hamper and flowers

How to switch doxazosin MR to standard release

How can patients be switched to the standard-release formulation of doxazosin?

Community Pharmacy Wales elects new chairman

Phil Parry elected chair of Community Pharmacy Wales

Win the recognition your pharmacy deserves

The Independent Pharmacy Awards 2016 are now open for entries

A calmer view

Last month I was very angry. I’ve now calmed down and taken the time to read properly the letter sent by the Department of Health to PSNC concerning the proposed funding cuts. The dictatorial tone of the letter is set by its threats of cuts and closures, so a knee-jerk response is unsurprising. However, the stakeholder briefing for the future of community pharmacy is much more positive. It acknowledges the vital role of community pharmacy, and that we could play a much greater role in optimising medicines, treating minor ailments, supporting people with long-term conditions, preventive care and promoting better health.

GP Forward View gets mixed reaction

Investment in GPs could be better spent on pharmacy, say professional bodies

Accessible Information Standard briefing published

Accessible Information Standard will become law in England on July 31

A million sign up to pharmacy campaign

A million people sign peitition against planned cuts to pharmacy funding

PSNC issues counter proposals to DH

Short-term proposals could save money the DH wants cut from pharmacy funding

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