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190 LloydsPharmacy stores to close

LloydsPharmacy has said it is to cease trading in approximately 190 of its stores in England and will do 'all it can' to support staff and patients who will be affected

Facing the future of increased demands for pharmacy

The NHS has declining resources in real terms so pharmacy could be the answer, says Chris Martin Pharmaceutical care services based around the community pharmacy network have been on pharmacy’s service development agenda since around 2005. In the almost 10 years since then, this concept has developed to a greater or lesser extent, depending on the attitudes of local commissioners – and in some cases, on which side of Hadrian’s Wall or Offa’s Dyke you are located. Today the NHS across Britain faces the task of meeting increasing demand for services with declining resources in real terms. As a result, pharmaceutical care and its potential to release the underutilised resource of the community pharmacy network has once again become the currency of negotiation and lobby. You just need to read strategy documents, such as Scotland’s Prescription for Excellence or Wales’ public health consultation document ‘Listening to You’ or to digest the minutes of the Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme and its work on rethinking the supervision legislation in pharmacy, to see that the country’s health departments all have developing pharmacy very much on their minds.

What does economic recovery mean for pharmacy?

There are signs of a financial upturn but pharmacy continues to face challenges from the recession and GPhC grading, says Mike Smith There are some signs that we may be moving out of the recession. Whether or not this is political propaganda remains to be seen (I really am an old cynic these days), but it appears there are signs of an upturn. This is good news for us all, but pharmacy continues to face significant challenges. I have just returned from the Alphega Pharmacy conference in the Cotswolds. It was an excellent event attended by 240 delegates – the largest held so far and the number grows each year.

Is the hourly rate back in the Dark Ages?

Pharmacy has a crucial role to play in the delivery of UK healthcare and remuneration should reflect that, says Mike Smith It really depresses me to learn that pharmacists are now prepared to work for £10 per hour. When re-skilling was at the top of the agenda I predicted that that this would devalue the role of pharmacists – it has done exactly that. Pharmacists devote five years of their lives to education to earn their hard-won professional qualification and they are then expected to work for an hourly rate that clearly does not reflect their contribution and status as health professionals.

Time marches on and the mindset is changing

Pharmacy needs to change its business to meet the tougher market environment, says Mike Smith Where is the year going? I notice with my advancing years that time seems to go by more quickly every year. We are almost at the end of the first quarter of 2014 and I still have not completed my list of jobs to do in January (well, actually, I still have some outstanding from January 2013). This has been a very busy time for me and I would like to highlight some recent events.

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