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Sector bodies launch manifesto calling for ‘expanded’ Pharmacy First service

Sector leaders have joined forces to launch a new election manifesto calling for an expansion to the recently launched Pharmacy First service.

Pharmacy organisations Politics

‘Financially inequitable’: NHSE switches off 111 referrals to DSPs

Community Pharmacy England (CPE) has branded an NHSE move to turn off online 111 referrals for consultations to distance selling pharmacies (DSPs) without notice as “totally unacceptable”.  

Businesses Services

‘A lot of failures’: Less than 40% of Pharmacy First consultations secure fee

An Avicenna poll has revealed that pharmacies in the group are experiencing long Pharmacy First consultations, most of which do not reach the gateway criteria for payment.

Services Common Conditions

Pharmacies to ‘supplement’ childhood vaccination drive but GPs preferred

Pharmacies are just “an option” for integrated care boards (ICBs) looking to increase uptake of childhood vaccines because parents are “more comfortable” getting their children jabbed at GP practices, government officials have said.  

Vaccination Services

Wes Streeting: Pharmacies to host clinical trials under Labour plans

The shadow health secretary plans to make enlistment into clinical trials at community pharmacies “easier”, he has announced at the Sigma conference.

Medicines Politicians

Coroner: Give pharmacies ‘obligation’ to report failure to collect methadone

A coroner has raised concerns that pharmacies have “no apparent obligation” to report when a patient stops collecting methadone, after a man died when a pharmacy’s warnings were ignored.  

Substance abuse Social Issues

HSCC: ‘Nonsensical’ that pharmacists lack generic substitution powers

HSCC chair Steve Brine has said that allowing pharmacists to supply a different type of the same medicine could be a “potentially simple solution” to shortages, in a video address to the Sigma conference.

Prescriptions Medicines

‘We have to be realistic’: Government could impose new contract, CPE warns

CPE has announced that negotiations for the next one-year pharmacy funding deal have begun but admitted that a new contract may not be in place by April or could be imposed by the government.

Contract Funding

Pharmacy domestic abuse disclosures rise by 32% in a year

Pharmacists have helped almost 200 patients to get support for domestic abuse since 2021, the government has revealed.  

People Services

Pharmacy blasts 'jobsworth decision' over delivery van parking fine fiasco

A Welsh pharmacy has been left feeling “powerless” after the local council threatened to enforce parking sanctions on its delivery vans “out of the blue”, it told C+D.  

Premises Businesses

Man ‘smashed up pharmacy’ after being refused antibiotics

A pharmacy is fighting for security guard funding after a man caused £5,000 worth of damage and hit a member of the public when he was denied antibiotics without a prescription. 

Crime People

Community pharmacy burnout levels sky-high as 85% consider quitting

New data from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Pharmacist Support has found that 93% of the community pharmacy workforce are at risk of burnout, compared to 86% of pharmacy staff in general practice.  

People Mental health
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