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March 2025 hearing set for former Lloydspharmacy staff redundancy row

Former Sainsbury’s workers claiming enhanced redundancy from the Lloydspharmacy estate will have their case heard in March 2025, despite a possible victory offering “no realistic hope” of full compensation.

Lloydspharmacy Supermarkets
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Revealed: Locations of 245 Boots store closures over the last year

C+D can exclusively reveal the locations of 245 Boots branches that have closed in England over the last year - use our interactive map to see where they are. 

Boots Closures

Electronic prescription service ‘approved’ for rollout across Wales

Welsh pharmacies will be able to use a new electronic prescription service (EPS) after “successful testing”, it has been announced.  

Digital Services

‘New normal’ of medicine shortages a ‘significant burden on pharmacists’

Constantly elevated medicines shortages have cost NHS England (NHSE) £220 million more than usual in a year and created “a great deal of extra work” for pharmacists, a new report has found.

Medicines Prescriptions

Covert surveillance: GPhC may abandon ‘never used’ spying powers

The pharmacy regulator will host a workshop to discuss whether it should keep its rights to surveil pharmacies, according to its latest council papers.

GPhC Legal

Extra £9m cash injection for growing Glasgow digital pharmacy Phlo

New funding will be used to turn the DSP into a “holistic digital healthcare” provider and expand its “footprint” across the UK, Phlo announced.

Digital Businesses
EXCLUSIVE

Revealed: 97% spike in number of pharmacists seeking debt support

Since 2021, the number of qualified, trainee and student pharmacists seeking grants and support with debts, benefits and housing have skyrocketed, C+D has learned.  

Money People

GPhC to 'assess' pharmacy technician minimum training levels

The pharmacy regulator has revealed that it will consider whether new standards for trainee and registered pharmacy technicians are needed in the sector’s “changing landscape”.

GPhC Education
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Coronavirus News

Boots first UK multiple to offer private COVID jab after indies led charge

The multiple will offer private Pfizer vaccines for “32% more” than independent pharmacies, C+D has learned.  

COVID-19 Vaccination

Pfizer’s COVID-19 jab available to pharmacies from March

Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine will be available for sale to the public from March, Pfizer announced on Friday February 9.

COVID-19 Services

Pharmacies set to nab £2.50 fee uplift for ‘potential’ spring COVID-19 boosters

A possible COVID-19 spring booster campaign would see pharmacies paid an additional £2.50 per jab, NHS England (NHSE) has announced.

Funding COVID-19
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Regulation News

March 2025 hearing set for former Lloydspharmacy staff redundancy row

Former Sainsbury’s workers claiming enhanced redundancy from the Lloydspharmacy estate will have their case heard in March 2025, despite a possible victory offering “no realistic hope” of full compensation.

Lloydspharmacy Supermarkets

Covert surveillance: GPhC may abandon ‘never used’ spying powers

The pharmacy regulator will host a workshop to discuss whether it should keep its rights to surveil pharmacies, according to its latest council papers.

GPhC Legal

GPhC to 'assess' pharmacy technician minimum training levels

The pharmacy regulator has revealed that it will consider whether new standards for trainee and registered pharmacy technicians are needed in the sector’s “changing landscape”.

GPhC Education
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Clinical News

Electronic prescription service ‘approved’ for rollout across Wales

Welsh pharmacies will be able to use a new electronic prescription service (EPS) after “successful testing”, it has been announced.  

Digital Services

‘New normal’ of medicine shortages a ‘significant burden on pharmacists’

Constantly elevated medicines shortages have cost NHS England (NHSE) £220 million more than usual in a year and created “a great deal of extra work” for pharmacists, a new report has found.

Medicines Prescriptions
EXCLUSIVE

Revealed: 97% spike in number of pharmacists seeking debt support

Since 2021, the number of qualified, trainee and student pharmacists seeking grants and support with debts, benefits and housing have skyrocketed, C+D has learned.  

Money People
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Education News

GPhC to 'assess' pharmacy technician minimum training levels

The pharmacy regulator has revealed that it will consider whether new standards for trainee and registered pharmacy technicians are needed in the sector’s “changing landscape”.

GPhC Education

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

Boots reveals plans for pharmacy technician ‘development programme’

Boots has revealed that it is considering launching a “development programme” for pharmacy technicians to “free up pharmacist capacity”.

Boots People
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Funding News

£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
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Politics News

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
EXCLUSIVE

‘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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