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LPC reforms may spark power struggle, warns NPA integration lead

Michael Lennox, the NPA's local integration lead, is concerned professor Wright’s reforms could lead to a power struggle. 

More than 1 in 10 pharmacists told not to wear PPE, says PDA

More than one in 10 pharmacists have been asked to re-use PPE, with similar numbers saying they were actively discouraged from wearing it. 

Frustration over RPS decision on term limits

National Pharmacy Board members can serve a maximum of three terms of three years under new rules drawn up by the RPS.

GPhC prepared to pursue employers over Covid risk assessments

The GPhC is prepared to investigate employers who fail to carry out covid-19 risk assessments, chief executive Duncan Rudkin has said.

Market for pharmacies largely unaffected by pandemic

Hutchings' Scott Hayton says it's been business as usual for buyers and sellers of pharmacies during the pandemic.

GPhC to 'blind' FtP hearings to avoid racial bias

The GPhC will trial a system aimed at ensuring its regulation is fair and unhindered by unconscious bias.

FIP updates Covid guidance for pharmacy teams

The updated guidance from FIP covers clinical information, treatment guidelines, advice for pharmacy teams and frequently asked questions.

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.   

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.

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.   

Govt backs down from 3k pharmacy closures position

Government ministers have publicly distanced themselves from the previous Conservative administration’s position on pharmacy closures. 

New Pharmacy Quality Scheme agreed by PSNC

A revised pharmacy quality scheme for the first part of 2020-21 has been agreed.

NI pre-reg students to sit assessment on August 11

Pre-registration MPharm candidates in Northern Ireland are to sit their registration assessment on August 11, the PSNI has confirmed. 

Boots online sales ‘at Black Friday levels’ as footfall plummets

Boots executives have described how the company’s online business has skyrocketed while in-store retail sales have dropped by almost half.

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

PDA seeks union recognition at Lloyds

Days after LloydsPharmacy announced a major restructuring which could involve job losses, the PDA Union has applied for formal union recognition within the multiple.

Pharmacies told to update NHSBSA on Covid-19 risk assessments

Pharmacies have been told to provide an update on progress made in ensuring staff have coronavirus risk assessments.

Well to launch scheduling app for shifts and cover

Well says it will launch an app that allows its employees to schedule and manage their shifts and cover.

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.

Public perception of pharmacy improved during Covid-19

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

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