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Let pharmacies re-use unopened medicines says BMA chair

Regulations should be relaxed to allow community pharmacists to re-use unopened medicine returns, says Dr Richard Vautrey.

Hancock urged to allow pharmacists to amend scripts

Health bodies petition health secretary for change in the law to allow pharmacists to amend scripts when medicines out of stock.

GP contract ‘bad news for community pharmacy’

The new GP contract is described as placing additional financial stress on the community pharmacy sector.

NHS forced into rethink on PCN service specs

GPs reject draft service specifications.

National bodies highlight expanding role of pharmacists in PCNs

The RPS, BMA and RCGP have called for the greater use of community pharmacists across primary care networks.

Geoff Booth, professor of pharmacy practice, remembered

I was saddened to learn of the death of Geoff Booth. Geoff turned pharmacy practice into an academic discipline and was the first professor of the subject, establishing a chair at the University of Bradford. He was a member of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society and president for two terms in the 1980s. I heard him speak on many occasions over the years but (perhaps it is my age) I can’t remember a single thing he said, except for the phrase: “The Council does not give a monkey’s”. The context in which he used those words is a matter of minor dispute. But I need to set the scene. The Council of the Society in the late 1980s was agonising over just how pharmacists should exercise their responsibilities in the supervision of dispensing.

A shocking disciplinary case

I was shocked to read that the nurse who contracted Ebola while working to save lives in West Africa ended up before a nursing disciplinary tribunal. Pauline Cafferkey has endured great suffering as a result of being infected by the virus when helping those in great need, so to be up before the tribunal on a technicality beggars belief. It was suggested that she might have been guilty of professional misconduct by concealing a raised temperature when she got back to Heathrow airport from Sierra Leone.

One voice?

The One Voice Pharmacy group has urged its locum members to boycott Tesco for two weeks in September after the multiple announced a cut to its hourly rate. Bizarrely, One Voice Pharmacy said that a boycott was not the same as a strike, that locums already arranged should be honoured, and that the last thing they wanted was for Tesco pharmacies to end up without pharmacists.

Onlooker remembers Kirit Patel

Kirit Patel, cofounder of the Day Lewis group, was a popular figure in pharmacy. So much so that a week after his untimely death at the age of 66 on July 16 over 3,000 people turned up at his home in Surrey for a party to celebrate his life. There would have been more but I got the date mixed up and turned up a day late. Kirit was an accidental entrant to the world of pharmacy. Sent from his home in Kenya to board at Truro School, his A-levels weren’t good enough to achieve his primary goal of entry to medical school so he went to Portsmouth school of pharmacy instead.

Preparing for the cuts

Tuesday May 3This evening, I take my dispensing technician to a mandatory summary care records (SCR) face-to-face training event, having completed the prerequisite CPPE module. Seldom have I attended a meeting that has been such a complete waste of time, not to mention scarce NHS resources. The slides are all present on a downloadable ‘app’ and the CPPE module comprehensively covers everything. The presenter asks us to turn to the person next to us and discuss how one might ask a patient for consent. We all know this is something we have done in pharmacy for as long as we have been practising.

Shame on the junior doctors

Junior doctors in England went on strike for a second time on February 10. Shame on them! Call themselves professionals? I was always told that being a professional set a calling apart. Members of a profession put the public interest above their own. There are codes of conduct embodying this selfless approach. Indeed, the current code for doctors requires them to put patients first. As I have said before, I don’t see how doctors can do that if they are on strike.

All doctors to take prescribing test from August

BMA expresses concern at new requirement for all doctors to pass prescribing test before qualifying



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