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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

All the headlines: Primary care recovery plan funding details revealed

Find out everything you need to know about how the government will split its £645 million investment into community pharmacy services – plus, the launch dates for Pharmacy First and a new contraception service.

Commissioning bodies Contract

Andrea Leadsom appears to confirm new pharmacy minister role

The MP for South Northamptonshire has said that she is “looking forward” to supporting community pharmacists in her new role.

Politics Politicians

UPDATED: Victoria Atkins appointed health secretary as Steve Barclay ousted

Health secretary Steve Barclay has been moved to a new role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the government has announced.

Politicians Politics

UPDATED: Neil O’Brien quits as pharmacy minister to ‘focus 100%’ on constituency

Mr O’Brien has resigned as minister responsible for primary care after one year in the role.

Politicians Politics

‘Not unnoticed’: Sunak issues letter of support to community pharmacy

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has written to the Sigma Pharmaceuticals conference to express his “personal gratitude” to the sector.

Politicians Politics

Naloxone service launches at all Scottish community pharmacies

Scotland’s nationwide pharmacy naloxone service has launched, backed by £300,000 of government funding for emergency kits.

Services Funding

Welsh MP: Vapes should only be available as quit tool from pharmacies

Welsh member of Senedd (MS) John Griffiths has suggested that vapes should only be available on prescription at pharmacies.  

Smoking cessation Politics

UPDATED: DH ‘rejects’ finding it failed to meet pledges to review pharmacy funding

The government has rejected an independent expert panel’s finding that it had not met its commitment to review the funding model for community pharmacy.

Politics Funding

‘Deep-rooted culture’ of excluding pharmacy, ICS leaders warn

Lead pharmacists at integrated care systems (ICSs) have said that local commissioners need to bring pharmacists “into the conversation” around primary care.

Commissioning bodies Pharmacy organisations
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