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The pharmacy hashtag craze

The theme for #Pharmacy24 this year is pharmacy in a pandemic, says Mohammed Hussain.

The great public health revival

The products we sell in our pharmacies could make it difficult for us to help people live healthy lives, says Terry Maguire.  

The certainty of the five-year contract is disappearing

We are all tired and so are our teams. This makes the additional financial pressures and uncertainties cruel, says Nick Kaye.

Pharmacists need to prove their worth 

The pharmacy profession needs a much more comprehensive social media strategy and media infrastructure, says Peter Kelly.

We don’t deserve the uncertainty!

I'm worried about investing in my business because of the threat of the £370 million in advanced payments. 

Doing business in the pandemic 

I have been exploring business opportunities during the pandemic without much success.

Be careful what you wish for 

Friendly fire in warfare is known as ‘unintended consequences' in the NHS, says Martin Bennett.

Long Covid scares me 

I am bemused by patients who have no fear of Covid and are blasé about protecting themselves and others, says Peter Kelly. 

Covid vaccines are one of the best things I’ve done

Pharmacist Leah Davies tells ICP how she supported the Covid vaccine programme at her local independent pharmacy.

GPhC got its pre-reg exam approach wrong 

Forcing an exam on prov-regs who have worked as pharmacists during a pandemic was a failure, says Mohammed Hussain.

Brexit will be biggest disruption I've ever had in pharmacy

The supply of medicines to Northern Ireland will change dramatically and could result in less availability, says Terry Maguire. 

Pharmacies must have clinical as well as funding recognition

A lack of funding will be a major challenge for pharmacies in 2021 but that is not the only issue that needs addressing.

Why I no longer talk to vaccine conspiracy theorists

The Covid pandemic has made me realise that I have friends who believe in conspiracy theories, says pharmacist Peter Kelly.

Pharmacies can deliver Covid vaccines but where’s the clarity? 

Pharmacies can provide Covid vaccines but they are unclear when they will be called on or by whom, says Mohammed Hussain.

Another tough year beckons but we’ll keep fighting

I feel frustrated that we in pharmacy are having to fight to be part of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, says Nick Kaye.

Government must stop the shallow platitudes and back pharmacy

Let's hope the APPG can help the PSNC secure some desperately needed Covid-19 funding, says ICP editor Neil Trainis.  

Let patients access their medical records on phones and tablets

As the NHS tackles a second wave of Covid-19, pharmacy access to patients’ medical records is vital, says Shanel Raichura.   

Test and trace - success or failure? 

Why did the government pay a private company to run the service? Because Boris pulled a Napoleon of course.

Education needed to protect black pharmacists’ rights 

Racial inequality exists but I hear pharmacists denying the fact we need to do better, says Elsy Gomez Campos. 

We can’t take 10 years to implement the GP CPCS 

Nick Kaye says the GP CPCS service will be the most important one pharmacies deliver in the next five years.

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