Those who gathered for the first ever Pharmacy Business conference might have had a very uneasy feeling at what was about to come out of Westminster's corridors of power funding-wise but they should have left the Intercontinental London 02 hotel feeling empowered.
Passion for Healthcare was the theme of the conference, staged one week before the government's announcement that it would slash pharmacy's budget. It was staged by the Asian Media and Marketing Group, publishers of Pharmacy Business, and undiluted passion was what we got.
Whether it was Claire Ward, chair of Pharmacy Voice, exalting community pharmacy and bluntly criticising the government from a stage she expertly used to powerfully project her views or drug company executives and pharmacy politicians debating the pros and cons of Brexit, there was passion.
But most importantly there was passion from five very talented, very hard-working community pharmacists each of whom revealed how they have improved the health and well-being of their local populations. [ read more... ]