Views

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.

Onlooker hopes for a Hammond u-turn

Onlooker hopes for a Hammond u-turn and recalls times gone by.

Notes from a secret meeting

Our correspondent draws together the threads running through the judicial review hearing and is very disturbed by what he sees

View from the front

Incensed proprietor Sid Dajani finds an official’s briefing on the cuts hard to swallow.  

Some hopes!

Onlooker ponders comments made by pharmacy ministers past and present.

Crying out for common sense

Sid Dajani gets distracted by a meeting about Healthy Living Pharmacy.

The way ahead

As many readers of this column will be aware, Pharmacy Voice will cease to operate in a few months’ time. At this point we are still deciding how and when. The constitution of the company does not allow for it to continue when one of the three member associations (NPA, AIMp and CCA) has given notice, as the NPA did at the end of 2016. Whether Pharmacy Voice exists as the vehicle to support, represent and deliver change on behalf of the community pharmacy sector is no longer the issue. The question is whether the sector still has an important journey to go on collectively, and if so how does it find a new mode of transport when the Pharmacy Voice vehicle is left by the roadside.

Hunt talks tripe

Jeremy’s been at it again – patronising community pharmacy. He’s been telling Parliament that the NHS should not “continue to subsidise pharmacies that are very close to other pharmacies”. It doesn’t make sense, he insisted, claiming that 40 per cent of pharmacies are in clusters of three or more. And, as with the rest of the NHS, community pharmacy has to make efficiency savings. According to him, the government’s “reforms” are “designed to ensure that, where there is only one local pharmacy that people can access, that pharmacy is protected”.

Previous 1 2 3 4 5 ... 8 Next


This website is for healthcare professionals, people who work in pharmacy and pharmacy students. By clicking into any content, you confirm this describes you and that you agree to Independent Pharmacist's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

We use essential, performance, functional and advertising cookies to give you a better web experience. Find out how to manage these cookies here. We also use Interest Based Advertising Cookies to display relevant advertisements on this and other websites based on your viewing behaviour. By clicking "Accept" you agree to the use of these Cookies and our Cookie Policy.