Items or services: Make your mind up time for sector

The sector needs to ask tough existential questions of itself, says our columnist.

Opinion: Independents need to free up capacity

Independent pharmacies are struggling to find the time to deliver higher value services, says Daniel Lee of HubRx.

CPCS: Are we all just flogging a dead horse?

The GP referral model is fundamentally flawed, argues PM's deputy editor.

Over 92 pc of adults in England test positive for Covid antibodies

Over 90 per cent also returned positive antibody results in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland

Pharmacies need to raise awareness of NHS services

NPA survey shows nearly half of those surveyed see pharmacies as first contact point for minor illnesses, but a third unaware they offer flu jabs

RSG rejects claims LPC vote will disenfranchise independents

Burdon says two-thirds majority rule will ensure high voter engagement.

All change in the ministerial team in England

NPA chief Mark Lyonette on recent changes to the DHSC team.

LPC representation vote 'could disenfranchise independents'

The proposed voting quotas could stack the odds against independents says NPA.

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. 

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