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Analysis

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.

Opinion: Pay pharmacy what it deserves for flu jabs

When you compare the fee community pharmacy is being paid for flu jabs with  ‘Eat Out to Help Out’, you can’t help but wonder whether the Government has got its priorities right...

Marked rise in mental health prescribing

The number of people receiving psychopharmaceuticals in England increased between 2015/16 and 2019/20.

60 in 100,000 now infected with Covid across England

Latest REACT report warns current levels of infection in north of England could replicate across the rest of the country in a few weeks' time.

NPA to give 'hard-hitting' response to Covid inquiry

NPA chief executive Mark Lyonette says his organisation will give a 'hard-hitting' response to a Covid-19 inquiry. 

Male suicide rate highest in 20 years

The male suicide rate in England and Wales in 2019 was the highest since 2000, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.

R number falling suggests latest data from REACT-1 coronavirus study

Study indicates R number could have fallen from 1.47  between 20 August to 26 September to around 1.06.

STIs rising in England

There were 468,342 diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections in England in 2019, a 5 per cent increase since 2018.

Study: More patients relying on pharmacies in pandemic

Consumers increasingly turned to pharmacists during the Covid-19 pandemic for OTC and health advice.

People from deprived areas visit A&E in larger numbers

Nearly twice as many people who went to A&E came from the 10 per cent of the population living in the most deprived areas

Call for pharmacy technicians to share Covid experiences

Pharmacists and technicians asked to share experiences of how they adapted practices to ensure patient safety during Covid-19 pandemic 

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