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Analysis

Pharmacist safety reports plummet by 43%

A distinct trend towards reduced reporting of patient safety incidents by pharmacies has continued throughout the Covid-19 pandemic says the NPA.

'More funding' needed for representation reforms

The group set up to take forward the Wright reforms will hold a virtual event next month to update contractors.

£80 million funding for drug treatment services

Local authorities get funding to improve access drug treatment services and to expand naloxone and needle and syringe programmes

Opinion: Hub and spoke is back on the agenda

There is to be another consultation on hub and spoke dispensing... probably because the first one didn’t give the Government the answer it wanted, says PM’s deputy editor Arthur Walsh 

In Conversation With.... Harry McQuillan of CPS

In an exclusive podcast, we talk to Harry McQuillan of Community Pharmacy Scotland about Covid, prescribing and the sector’s good relationship with the Scottish Government.

Insight: Our delivery driver has been star of pandemic

When PM columnist Alexander Humphries had a surprise lottery win, there was no doubt who the most deserving recipient of the cash should be. 

Vaccine roll-out should not be politicised

The JCVI's decisions should not be used as a political football, says Dr Anthony Cox of Birmingham University School of Pharmacy 

Six in 10 struggling to stay positive in third lockdown

Many in the UK are struggling to maintain a positive mental outlook during the current lockdown, a recent Ipsos MORI poll reveals.

How has Covid affected mental health prescribing?

The Covid-19 pandemic seems to have changed psychopharmaceutical prescribing patterns in England, at least in the short-term.

EPS nominations and NHS app usage on rise during Covid

There were 41.34 million EPS nominations by 11 December this year, up by 8.27m over 12 months, according to NHS Digital

Pandemic boosts short term outlook, but long term concerns remain

Uptick in short term business confidence, but long term outlook remains poor, according to a survey. 

Seismic change: Life as a contractor

Andrew McCoig was a pharmacy proprietor for many years and saw numerous changes in public health services over the course of his working life – some good, some not so good.

Pharmacy saves 35k GP consultations a week in Wales

Community pharmacies in Wales conduct an average of 15.5 advice consultations a day – a total of 11,000 per day – according to a new audit.

Kent pharmacies rocked by staffing issues during crisis

Ninety-five per cent of Kent pharmacies experienced problems with staffing levels during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Insight: Covid has come to our pharmacy

'One member of staff has Covid, a person we had covering had symptoms but tested negative and another has been confirmed as having the virus although hasn’t been in work for a while. It is chaos and I’m stressed' 

Opinion: Why is the GPhC making such odd decisions?

In as much as it is possible to have a ‘good’ pandemic, the GPhC seemed to manage it back in the spring – but there have been some curious decisions since then, says Pharmacy Magazine deputy editor Arthur Walsh

Opinion: Expect a ‘tsunami’ of mental health problems with Covid-19

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s recent report on the role of pharmacy in mental health and wellbeing has been criticised for not going far enough in providing practical support for pharmacists, says Jeremy Holmes

Covid transmission no longer fastest in north of England

Covid infections doubling every nine days and R number up to 1.56.

Sharp drop in pharmacy safety reports during pandemic

Pharmacies may not be reporting incidents due to Covid-19 work pressures, the NPA has warned.

Rise in the number of children likely to have mental health problems

The number of children who are likely to have experienced a mental disorder in the last three years has risen.

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