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UPDATED: Maggie Throup appointed primary care minister as pharmacy minister Jo Churchill moved to Defra

Maggie Throup has been appointed the new health minister with responsibility for primary care*, as former pharmacy minister Jo Churchill is moved to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Politics Politicians

Pharmacy’s COVID cost claims ‘significantly higher’ than initial £120m cap

The total cost of COVID-19-related expenses pharmacy owners have claimed for is “significantly higher” than the £120 million cap the government had originally offered, PSNC has said.

Businesses Contract

Pharmacy sector was consulted on 'risk-sharing' indemnity model for COVID jabs, DH says

The Department of Health and Social Care (DH) reportedly consulted with the community pharmacy sector on proposals for a "risk-sharing" model covering COVID-19 booster vaccinations, C+D can reveal.

Businesses Services

England's chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge to retire

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has confirmed it is seeking a new chief pharmaceutical officer to replace Keith Ridge, who will retire from the role in February.

Politics Contract

LPC investigates its own chair over racism and discrimination claims

A Hampshire-based LPC is investigating its chair after claims of discriminatory and potentially racist behaviours were lodged by a member of the committee, C+D has learned.

Politics People

Pharmacists may have to supply sodium valproate in original pack

The MHRA is planning to consult on introducing a legal requirement for pharmacists to supply sodium valproate in its original pack in a bid to support its safe use, the DH said.

Regulatory bodies Politics

COVID-19: Double-jabbed pharmacists may avoid self-isolation for work

Healthcare staff in England can avoid self-isolation if they have had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine and their absence could lead to a “significant risk of harm”, the DH has said.

COVID-19 Politics

RPS: Women’s health should be part of pharmacy undergraduate training

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) president has called for women’s health to be covered as a part of pharmacists’ undergraduate training, in a push for equal healthcare.

Womens health Pre-reg

No state indemnity for pharmacy sites in COVID booster vax programme

The state indemnity scheme will not cover community pharmacy teams that take part in the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme, NHSE&I has confirmed.

Commissioning bodies Vaccination

NHSE: Wearing of face masks 'must' continue in pharmacies

Patients and staff must continue to wear face coverings in all healthcare settings – including pharmacies – when COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, NHSE&I has said.

Commissioning bodies COVID-19

Join C+D's webinar tomorrow to discuss progress on racism in pharmacy

Tomorrow (July 15) C+D will host its second annual racism in pharmacy webinar, to discuss what has changed in the past 12 months and what more needs to be done.


RPS and clinical bodies write to Boris Johnson to keep face mask rule

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and other healthcare bodies have written a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging for compulsory mask wearing to stay.

COVID-19 Politics
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