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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

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

Pharmacy First: IT updates could be delayed by ‘months’

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.  

Digital Services

‘So far, so good’: 3,000 Pharmacy First consultations in first three days

Around 3,000 consultations took place in the first three days of the new Pharmacy First service, it has been revealed.

Common Conditions Politics

New government strategy to tackle medicines supply chain issues

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) has issued a new supply chain strategy seeking to “mitigate” medicines supply shocks, it has announced.

Politics Manufacturers

GPhC ‘very aware’ of poor pharmacist wellbeing, MPs told

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) chief executive Duncan Rudkin has told MPs that poor pharmacist wellbeing has “patient safety implications”.

GPhC People

GPhC reports 'growing caseload' over pharmacist prescribing

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.

GPhC Prescriptions

ITV to shine a light on community pharmacy in new documentary

An ITV documentary set to air this week will look at the pressures faced by the community pharmacy sector.

Businesses People

Supervision proposals: ‘The greatest pharmacy evolution in 70 years’

Pharmacy organisations have welcomed the proposed changes to pharmacy supervision law, although grassroots pharmacists were “conflicted” about the proposals.

Politics General Regulation

UPDATED: Living wage increase will cost pharmacy sector up to £195m, warns CPE

The pharmacy negotiator has said that the increased national living wage is “not sustainable” for the sector without additional funding.

Businesses Money

‘Death blow’: Contractors despair amid ‘biggest ever’ rise to living wage

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.

Funding Politicians

Pharmacy First: Pharmacists ‘not a substitute' for doctors, say top GPs

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.

Services Common Conditions
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