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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and UK Black Pharmacists Association (UKBPA) have called for greater government support for pharmacy team members from a BAME background.
The need for patients to individually consent to receive their medication via electronic repeat dispensing (eRD) has been temporarily suspended amid COVID-19, NHS England has said.
Pharmacy teams have a “professional responsibility” to self-isolate for 14 days if they are asked to do so by contact tracers, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has said.
Pharmacy teams are eligible for help from NHS volunteers, who can take on tasks including delivering shopping or transporting individuals to appointments, the DH has confirmed.
Boots has confirmed that provisionally registered pharmacists will receive the same salary as those who are newly qualified.
Rowlands has clarified it will not be asking locums to source their own PPE or risk having future shifts cancelled following emails appearing to show this was the case.
The RPS has asked the government to make it compulsory for patients to wear a face covering in pharmacies, as well as hospitals, to ensure “consistency” across the NHS.
Lloydspharmacy is working with Professor Mahendra Patel to help inform its strategy on reducing COVID-19-related risks for its BAME workforce.
The pharmacy sales market has remained strong despite the COVID-19 outbreak, brokers Christie & Co and Hutchings Consultants have told C+D.
Pharmacy bodies have voiced disappointment that a Public Health England (PHE) review “fails” to offer guidance on how to mitigate the higher COVID-19 risks for BAME people.