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The ball's in whose court?

Professor Stephen Hawking served up an ace with his recent lecture on his concerns for the NHS.

Are you fit for purpose?

It’s time independents took business management seriously, argues Mukesh Lad.

Lessons from charity

A meeting with a charity worker friend causes LPC chairman Dilip Joshi to reflect on how pharmacy’s hands are tied when it comes to helping people in need.

Smoking cessation manoeuvres

Lambeth Council has arranged a series of meetings around the provision of smoking cessation services, Dilip Joshi writes.

Onlooker's Notebook - July 2017

From the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s point of view, the outcome of the General Election could be a good thing.

Waiting for the axe to fall

Our correspondent deplores the advent of 'magic money tree economic theory'.  

My manifesto for pharmacy

Mukesh Lad sets out his own manifesto to ensure a strong and stable future for community pharmacy.

Tackling the bumph

LPC chairman Dilip Joshi begins his month helping contractors jump the many and various hurdles needed to qualify for extra payments.

Painted into a corner?

Moved by Matisse, Sid Dajani wishes politicians could be as creative in their approach to the NHS.  

Now we've lost the argument...

Our correspondent wants to see a change of tune from pharmacy’s representative bodies.

An Onlooker's Notebook - June 2017

I was not surprised to read that Sue Sharpe had decided to call it a day as chief executive of the PSNC at the end of the year.

Fair and square?

The push for local commissioning is laudable, but how can it possibly work, asks Mukesh Lad, chairman of the LIPCO federated group

MAS a victim of success

Cutting back on the succesful Minor Ailments Service in his area – if combined with a ban on the prescribing of OTCs – will add to the pressure on A&Es, says LPC chairman Dilip Joshi

The frustration game

What we all need right now is a dose of good leadership, says Sid Dajani in latest installment of the Bishopstoke Chronicles

It's the election, stupid

Our correspondent questions the reasons for calling a snap election and has some advice on the message that should be delivered to candidates.

Onlooker's notebook - May 2017

This month Onlooker's Notebook questions a recent striking off and ponders which way to vote come 8 June.

Lessons from Hungary

LPC chairman Dilip Joshi casts an enviable eye over pharmacies in Budapest.

Starting the QPS journey

Independents have a chance to claw back some money via the Quality Payments Scheme, and they ignore this at their peril, says Mukesh Lad

A lasting legacy

With Pharmacy Voice now closed, Claire Ward takes time to reflect on its achievements

Alfred's great prescription

Steve Ainsworth looks at how an early book on medicines is likely to have helped in the treatment of a former monarch.

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