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Responsible pharmacist proposals fail to heed workforce issues, Lords say

A draft order that would clarify the roles of superintendent and responsible pharmacists has failed to take into consideration the workforce issues experienced by the sector, House of Lords members have argued.

Politicians GPhC

Pharmacy technicians to become registered professionals in Northern Ireland

Pharmacy technicians in Northern Ireland will see their role registered and regulated as a profession in its own right, health secretary Robin Swann has confirmed.

General Regulation Regulatory bodies

‘Perhaps trust is pharmacy’s real prize with the cancer diagnosis pilot’

I welcome the trust that the community pharmacy cancer diagnosis pilot implies might be coming our way, but let’s hope the service is designed for us to be able to nail it, The Area Manager says

Oncology Services

Use pharmacies to cut cost of private cannabis-based medicines, report says

The cost of privately prescribed cannabis-based medicines could be lowered by making better use of community pharmacies, a report has suggested. 

Products Services

Boots UK: Parent company decides against selling pharmacy chain

Boots’ parent company Walgreens Boots Alliance has ultimately decided not to sell the UK pharmacy chain, following months of speculation as to who could snap up the health and beauty giant.

Boots Businesses

Pharmacy app secures million-pound Royal Mail investment

Charac, an app allowing pharmacies to manage their prescriptions and consultations digitally, has secured a £1 million investment from the Royal Mail Group.

Money Services

Independent prescribing training: which costs are covered?

The provision of independent prescribing training for community pharmacists is in the spotlight across Great Britain, but allocated funding to support professional development varies by nation. C+D investigates 

Services People

'Astonishing': Pharmacies continue to provide millions of unpaid consultations a year

It is "astonishing" that community pharmacies in England carried out an estimated 65 million consultations in a year without dedicated funding, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has said.

Services People

How much do Superdrug and Lloydspharmacy pay newly qualified pharmacists?

Following Boots’ decision to raise its starting salary for newly qualified pharmacists, Lloydspharmacy, Superdrug and Rowlands have told C+D what they offer pharmacists at the beginning of their career. 

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‘The unpalatable message for pharmacy owners on locum bookings and temporary closures’

David Reissner delivers what might be considered an “unpalatable message” to pharmacy owners who cancel locum shifts last minute or temporarily close branches due to staff shortages

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Asda to cut operating hours across 80 pharmacies from May

Asda will reduce the operating hours in 80 of its pharmacies across England and Wales from next month, a spokesperson for the supermarket chain has told C+D.

Supermarkets Contracts

Asda pharmacy: Self-checking prescriptions necessary on ‘rare occasions’

Asda has explained its policy on pharmacists self-checking prescriptions, following a tweet suggesting it may be a requirement in some branches.

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