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£5m retained margin uplift ‘approved’ in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s health minister has said he will increase the margin retained by pharmacies by £5 million, but only if the NI negotiator agrees “a concurrent margin survey methodology”. 

Funding Politicians

NHSE backs £1.5m scheme to ‘expand’ London MPharm placements

Students on the new scheme backed by £1.5 million in funding will be assigned to “experiential placement sites across London”, including care homes and mental health trusts, one London university announced. 

Education providers Funding

Assault on retail workers to be made ‘standalone’ crime

Offenders who assault retail workers “could be sent to prison for up to six months” under new measures to tackle retail crime, the government has announced.  

Crime Politicians

CPE: Government's ‘positive spin’ on five-year deal ‘completely at odds’ with truth

“Nobody in community pharmacy is anywhere close to being in celebratory mode”, the pharmacy negotiator’s chief executive has said. 

Contracts Funding

‘Fully funded’ workshops to underpin IP training in Wales

A “comprehensive learning programme” to help Welsh pharmacists deliver the pharmacy independent prescribing service (PIPS) “with confidence” has been announced. 

Education Services

PDA airs ‘role substitution’ fears amid pharmacy technician reforms

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) will submit a motion  to a group of Scottish trade unionists that "underqualified staff " should not be pressured to take on responsibilities for which they are not adequately trained.

People Services

A third of contractors may ‘have to cut staff’ as living wage increase bites

The latest increase in the national living wage could force one in three contractors to lay off staff, a C+D snapshot poll shows.

Funding Money

'Acute funding crisis': 13 MPs put names to letter backing community pharmacy

Politicians are calling on Victoria Atkins to provide community pharmacy with an “economically viable” funding model.

Funding Politicians

CPE 'very concerned' over Leadsom 'thriving’ pharmacy market comments

The pharmacy negotiator has written to the chair of the health and social care committee (HSCC) outlining its concerns about comments made by the pharmacy minister that the sector is “thriving”.

Politics Politicians

Negotiator slams government for imposing ‘untested’ concession changes

The pharmacy negotiator opposes new changes announced in the April drug tariff “in the strongest terms”, it has said.  

Funding Medicines

CPE confirms no change to fees amid 2024/25 contract delays

The pharmacy negotiator has confirmed that fee levels and service arrangements will “remain the same” until ongoing negotiations for the delayed 2024/25 contract have concluded.

Contract Funding

‘No published assessment’ on pharmacist drug substitution, DH reveals

The DH has revealed that the pharmacy minister relied on an “internal” assessment when dismissing proposals to allow pharmacists to substitute medicines that are in short supply.

General Regulation Politics
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