Sector leaders have joined forces to launch a new election manifesto calling for an expansion to the recently launched Pharmacy First service.
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.
Pharmacies delivering the new Pharmacy First service could be stuck with “not ideal” alternative IT systems for “months” before they have full access to GP software, the government has revealed.
Around 3,000 consultations took place in the first three days of the new Pharmacy First service, it has been revealed.
The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) has issued a new supply chain strategy seeking to “mitigate” medicines supply shocks, it has announced.
General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) chief executive Duncan Rudkin has told MPs that poor pharmacist wellbeing has “patient safety implications”.
More “issues around prescribing judgments” have led the pharmacy regulator to hire inspectors with prescribing qualifications, chief executive Duncan Rudkin has told the pharmacy inquiry.
An ITV documentary set to air this week will look at the pressures faced by the community pharmacy sector.
Pharmacy organisations have welcomed the proposed changes to pharmacy supervision law, although grassroots pharmacists were “conflicted” about the proposals.
The pharmacy negotiator has said that the increased national living wage is “not sustainable” for the sector without additional funding.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced that the national living wage will rise by 9.8%, but pharmacy contractors have warned this will be a “death blow” to the sector.
GP chiefs have said that pharmacists are “not a substitute” for GPs in the wake of the long-awaited announcement of the new Pharmacy First common ailments service.
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