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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.

Is the GPhC guaranteeing Covid-19 immunity? 

Andrew Andrews assesses whether the GPhC has taken a relaxed attitude to its standards during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

The truths of a horrific pandemic   

Covid has been a catalyst for change but the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has been found wanting, says Mohammed Hussain. 

Hub and spoke will transform independent pharmacy

Daniel Lee puts the case for hub and spoke in independent pharmacies.

Covid-19 - it’s not all bad news but doubts exist

Despite positivity for pharmacy in Northern Ireland, Terry Maguire doubts new services being commissioned.

View: We need to end prescription switching permanently

Contactors in England are being unfairly fined for simple admin errors and it needs to stop, says Martin Bennett.

Covid limbo to be followed by Brexit panic?

Community pharmacy is stuck in a Covid-induced limbo but that might soon be replaced by a Brexit quagmire.

What difficulties are quotas causing you?

PSNC has gathered over 320 reports about more than 60 drugs reportedly affected by quota restrictions, says David Broome.

Virtual consultations? Some patients need human contact

Virtual consultations can be effective but some people need face-to-face human contact, says Peter Kelly.

We live in a sexist society. Fact

We need more women in positions of power but we need to figure out how to make that happen. 

The time I met EastEnders' Grant Mitchell

Independent Pharmacy Awards winner Shaheen Bhatia appeared with Ross Kemp in a documentary about opioid addiction.

The future of independents is at stake

Whatever emerges from professor Wright’s reforms, independents need to be heard says NPA chief Mark Lyonette. 

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