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PCN heads want more autonomy to meet local needs, says report

An NHS Confederation report reveals primary care network leaders are concerned about their freedom to meet local health needs.   

Over a million quit smoking during Covid-19

Over a million people in the UK have quit smoking since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

RPS: Pharmacy must be at heart of second wave Covid plans

RPS president Sandra Gidley warns pharmacy “must be at the heart” of planning for a second wave of Covid-19.   

Face coverings to be compulsory in pharmacies in England

Members of the public are to be told that from July 24 they will need to wear face coverings in shops and supermarkets in England or face a fine.

CCA pushes for more flexibility to deliver flu jabs

CCA wants the scope to deliver the vaccine in new locations such as town halls and places of worship

Rise in alcohol hospital admission linked to cuts

Researchers have found increases in alcohol-related hospital admissions is linked to spending cuts. 

Public perception of pharmacy improved during Covid-19

The public’s perception of pharmacy improved during the coronavirus outbreak, according to an NPA survey. 

Pharmacists asked to watch out for signs of child abuse during lockdown

A UK children’s charity is asking people such as pharmacists, carers and GPs to be vigilant to signs of child abuse during lockdown.

Over half of adults increased screen time during lockdown

A survey of 2,000 people has shown that 55 per cent of UK adults have spent more time on the internet and social media during lockdown. 

Half a million cancer sufferers 'too scared to leave the house'

Half a million people with cancer in the UK have been too scared to leave the house since lockdown started on 23 March, a survey shows.

50 organisations demand Government backing for mental health

A coalition of over 50 voluntary and social sector organisations and charities have urged the Government to create a 'mental health renewal plan'.

PDA urges employers to report workplace Covid exposure

The PDA urges pharmacy employers to report any cases of occupational exposure to coronavirus. 

Flu jabs rise 20 per cent in 2019/20 season in England

Community pharmacies in England completed 1.71 million NHS flu vaccinations in 2019-20 – a 19.6 per cent jump on the previous year.

Face coverings to be compulsory in Scottish pharmacies

From Friday it will be compulsory for members of the public to wear a face covering in community pharmacies in Scotland.

Fitness app nears 1 million downloads during lockdown

Public Health England’s (PHE) Couch to 5k fitness app has reached nearly one million downloads. 

Covid-19 sparks increase in use of electronic prescription serviceĀ 

The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a significant increase in the use of the electronic prescription service.

Delayed NHS Pharmacy First goes live end of July

Scotland's NHS Pharmacy First service is one of the biggest changes to the community pharmacy contractual framework in recent years.

Boots launches online cancer consultation service

Boots launches online video cancer consultation service for people shielding at home during the pandemic.  

Nearly half of school children not using soap

The Global Hygiene Council has found that 42 per cent of children aged five-10 are not always using soap when they wash their hands in school.

Pharmacies part of Covid-19 road to recovery

Key issues for the life sciences sector explored as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic

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