The pharmacy elephant in the room

Primary care networks are bonkers. It’s old thinking, old ways of failure and old strategy, says Sid Dajani. 

Consultation? Where? Who? When?

The apprenticeship trailblazer group is still unknown. Boots, Well, Lloydspharmacy, Superdrug...what a reticent bunch!

We need cross-sector talks on apprenticeships

Does the apprenticeship trailblazer group really think pharmacists shouldn't diagnose and manage care, asks Claire Ward.

Pharmacy apprenticeship conundrum

Negativity has greeted apprenticeships. Is this because people don’t understand them, asks Pharmacist Spectator.

Creating a workplace without discrimination

Posts on the Women in Pharmacy Facebook group show that members still face discrimination, says Deborah Evans.

Tissues - not to be sneezed at

It was as well Kleenex rebranded its ‘man-size’ tissues before someone reported their pharmacist to the trading standards office.  

Pressure of GPhC inspections is no joke

What can pharmacists learn from stand-up comedy and sports psychology to help them cope with unannounced GPhC inspections?

Depressing ignorance surfaces as SSP debate rages

A debate about the serious shortage protocols exposed MPs' ignorance about pharmacists' expertise in medicines.

Trade unionism works...in principle

As the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s star wanes, the Pharmacist’s Defence Association’s rises, says our correspondent. 

Boots is just the start for the PDAU

Other large companies realise it is a matter of time before their pharmacists seek the benefits of being a member of a trade union.

Why are so many pharmacists unhappy?

When our reality is greater than our expectations, we are happy. This might be why many pharmacists are unhappy...

Good GPhC regulation? You must be joking

The GPhC’s answer to our plight is more regulation, pressure, targets and rising fees, says Sid Dajani. 

Dispense with this arbitrary levy!

The long-term plan has lots of ideas about improving the NHS but no mention of getting rid of prescription charges...

Despite Brexit, pharmacists have no control of supply 

As Brexit drags on, pharmacists are being placed between a rock and a hard place.

Self-pay not self-pity!

Frustration with NHS waiting lists has seen more people pay for their own healthcare. Should pharmacies take note?

Here’s to a weird and wonderful 2019!

Nobody can guess the future because it is too volatile to predict, says Sid Dajani.

Long live the high street!

With proper leadership from government and pharmacy bodies, pharmacies’ place on the high street could be secured.

Pharmacist’s view: LPCs can reach STPs

Securing a place on STP boards is achievable for LPCs - although it is hit and miss across the country. 

Technology soundbites are distraction from NHS issues

The health secretary Matt Hancock is well known for his interest and enthusiasm for anything digital.

Neither rye nor reason

Steve Ainsworth explores the origins of the compound ergot, which in modern times became a source for pharmaceutical drugs

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