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Up to government and GPs to tell patients when to use pharmacies, MP says

Both the government and general practices have a “responsibility” to make it clear to people “why, under what circumstances, and how they need to use” pharmacies and NHS 111, a Conservative MP has said.

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NPA chief: Solve Northern Ireland medicine Brexit issue or face ‘horrific consequences’

The UK “must” maintain the supply of medicines in Northern Ireland or “we’re going to see some pretty horrific consequences”, National Pharmacy Association (NPA) chief executive Mark Lyonette has warned.

Businesses Medicines

Former PSNC chief: 'Treasury still sees pharmacy as a place to make funding cuts'

Community pharmacy leaders must “influence” Treasury officials if they do not want further cuts to sector funding, the former PSNC CEO Simon Dukes has advised. 

Contract Funding

EU proposes ‘uninterrupted security of supply of medicines’ in new post-Brexit offer

The European Commission has proposed some changes to the Northern Ireland protocol to ensure the long-term “uninterrupted security of supply of medicines” from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Politics Medicines

‘Heroic’ pharmacy team member praised for stopping patient from self-harming

A Deptford pharmacist has praised his pharmacy technician’s “heroic act”, after a patient reportedly attempted to self-harm inside the pharmacy.

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Ridge: ICS chief pharmacists ‘crucial’ to delivering medicines optimisation

Integrated Care System (ICS) chief pharmacists will be “crucial” to delivering the government’s revamped medicines optimisation programme, England’s outgoing chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge has said.

Medicines Commissioning bodies

Cabinet reshuffle: DH confirms Maria Caulfield as new pharmacy minister

Maria Caulfield has been appointed the minister with responsibility for patient safety and primary care, as Maggie Throup’s brief changes to cover vaccines and public health.

People Politics

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).

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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.

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