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Health & NHS

Average wait for GP appointment hits two weeks

The average wait for a routine GP appointment has exceeded two weeks for the first time ever according to a Pulse survey.

Drug overdose now biggest killer of middle-aged men

Suicide is no longer the biggest killer of men in the 35-49 age group, the Office of National Statistics has found.

‘Not enough evidence’ to recommend cannabis says NICE

NICE has decided not to recommend the use of cannabis-based medicines in severe treatment-resistant epilepsy.

LloydsPharmacy opens latest outpatient dispensary

LloydsPharmacy has opened its latest outpatient pharmacy at Royal United Hospital in Bath. It now operates over 50 outpatient dispensaries across the country

Javid ramps up no deal medicines budget

The chancellor has made £434m available to avoid disruption in medicines supply in the event of a no deal Brexit.

PSNC to hold roadshows to explain five-year deal

A series of roadshows will help pharmacists understand how the five-year settlement will impact their pharmacies.

DHSC claims better medicines pricing data

The DHSC has said the data it collects on medicines prices has improved since new regulations came into force.

DHSC recategorises melatonin

PSNC is warning that payment for July prescriptions will reflect the new categorisation, not the information published in the July Drug Tariff.

Over 80 CCG mergers likely by April 2020

Nearly half of CCGs are proposing to merge in the biggest cull of NHS organisations for more than a decade.

Flu vaccine for under-65s to be delayed, says NHS

Community pharmacies may be affected by delayed supplies of one of the recommended flu vaccines.

PDAU claims improved terms for Boots pharmacists

The PDAU says it has secured pay increases and improved terms for pharmacists working at Boots from November 1.

“Even more concerns” around new apprenticeship proposal

The PDA said the second proposal for a pharmacy apprenticeship has generated "even more serious concerns" than the first.

Chief medical officer highlights UK pharmacists’ AMR work

AMR still centre stage in outgoing chief medical officer's final annual report.

Pharmacy PCN funding to be finalised next week

The PSNC's Alastair Buxton said the level of community pharmacy funding for primary care networks has not been finalised.     

Voice technology to 'reduce pharmacy pressures'

Aims for health information from the NHS website to be provided through voice-assisted technology.

Smoking during pregnancy numbers still high

More than one in 10 of all pregnant women still smoking at birth, the NHS has warned.

NHS England rebrands DMIRS as CPCS

The Digital Minor Illness Referral Service has been renamed the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service.

Quality improvement activities for Scottish contractors

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has said it will be distributing ‘safety culture discussion cards’ to all community pharmacies in Scotland.

Boots rolls out cystitis test to nearly 300 UK stores

Boots will roll out a cystitis test and treat service to nearly 300 UK stores.

Pharmacists 'need new skills' to succeed in PCN meetings

Hemant Patel says pharmacists need “influencing and leadership" training to survive PCN meetings.

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