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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.

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. 

Working during the coronavirus crisis is a nightmare

The pandemic has been mentally, emotionally and physically draining. At one point I started hallucinating, says Peter Kelly.

Technologically, there is no going back after Covid-19

Community pharmacy has not been as quick as other primary care services to embrace technology but that is changing.

Should there be a reduction in the number of LPCs?

Should there be a reduction in the number of LPCs in England? Tell us what you think.

Don’t attack the press or contractors for attending Sigma conference

There’s much to moan about but don’t attack the press for attending Sigma’s conference in the Philippines, says ICP editor Neil Trainis.

Editor's view: When it comes to mental health, pharmacy is failing

Pharmacy is failing its workers when it comes to their mental health, says ICP editor Neil Trainis.

Viewpoint: Perception is everything - isn’t it?

The lesson from January is that people’s perceptions are important, even if they don’t reflect your reality.

Legal view: Do not fall foul of GDPR

The ICO's recent decision to fine a pharmacy for failing to ensure the security of personal data is significant for pharmacies.

Should pharmacy contract proposals be discussed at LPC conference?

Should community pharmacy contractual proposals be discussed and agreed at the LPC conference?

New year, new decade, familiar concerns

Although this is supposed to be a time of optimism and renewal, one should be wary about what 2020 might bring. 

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