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Analysis

Report calls for collaboration within new care structures

It calls for more scope for collaboration between pharmacy, primary care networks and ICSs.

Drop in STI diagnoses down to disruption from Covid pandemic

Less STI testing saw the number of diagnoses fall by 32 per cent between 2020 and 2019.

Public satisfied with pharmacies during pandemic says Healthwatch

Monitoring group says there are still areas for improvement

Reduced activity during lockdown could mean more falls in the elderly

Reduced strength and balancing activity could increase risk of falls in older people by over 6 per cent

We are aware of 'growing importance of ICSs' says RSG

James Wood assures contractors about integrated care systems as PSNC-LPCs reforms continue.

Opinion: Don't feed the trolls

A recent article attacking the sector is best ignored, writes PM's deputy editor.

NHSE: Pharmacy must speak 'as one' to gain power

Community pharmacies need to speak 'as one' to gain greater influence within primary care, a senior NHS England official has said. 

Pharmacy workload rises by 50% in Northern Ireland

Work pressures in Northern Ireland’s community pharmacies have risen by half over the past decade, a new KPMG report indicates. 

GPs are trying to rewrite history on Covid

General practice may not have literally shut its doors during the pandemic but access has been a massive problem. Why try to rewrite history?

Reports of pharmacist oversupply greatly exaggerated

Earlier forecasts of a looming oversupply of pharmacists now appear wildly out of date, writes Jeremy Holmes in his PM column.

Covid jabs prevent hospitalisation from Delta strain

Both AZ and Pfizer vaccines over 90 per cent effective against hospitalisation from Delta variant, new PHE analysis reveals for the first time. 

Proposals to overhaul LPCs could be ready by autumn

Wide-ranging proposals to restructure the PSNC and LPCs could be put to contractors by the autumn with a possible vote by the end of 2021. 

Sertraline price hikes see NHS spend rise fourfold

Massive price hikes to the antidepressant saw the NHS spend over six times more on the drug in 2020-21 compared to the previous year. 

GPhC's FtP performance 'still falling short'

The General Pharmaceutical Council is still failing to hit its performance standards when it comes to dealing with fitness to practice concerns.

Over half of UK adults have now had second Covid vaccination

Vaccination programme remains on track to offer a first dose to all adults by the end of July.

Insight: Independents still need the NPA

The NPA is a bit like Marmite in terms of how independents view it but regardless of pharmacy owners’ personal views, the sector needs a strong trade association in order to thrive.

Report reveals impact of Covid on female health workers

The NHS Confederation's Health and Care Women Leaders Network found "a significant rise" in female staff reporting poor health.

Dispensing GPs driven by 'profit motive' report finds

Dispensing GPs prescribe in ways that are "consistent with a profit motive," a report finds. 

Massive rise in mental disorders among health workers in Covid peak

The first peak of the Covid pandemic last year saw a 300 per cent rise in healthcare workers suffering from mental health problems.

Pharmacy capable of delivering millions of Covid jabs, survey finds

Over 90 per cent of community pharmacists would be eager to take part in an annual Covid-19 booster vaccination programme similar to the flu jab service given the right funding and support, a new survey shows.

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