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Demand for private health cover surge amid NHS waiting list crisis

The UK health cover market was valued at £6.7 billion in 2022, marking a £385 million increase from the previous year Challenges in accessing the NHS waiting list are pushing...

Community Mental Health survey reveals only 39% felt supported by NHS mental health services

According to the community mental health survey, 42 per cent felt unsupported during critical waiting periods The NHS Long...

Over 50% of pharmacists with disabilities face workplace discrimination

‘Employers should create an environment where pharmacists with disabilities can work safely and without fear of discrimination’ The Pharmacists'...

LloydsPharmacy, Royal Surrey NHS Trust team up to deliver cancer treatment outside of hospital

Royal Surrey NHS Trust and LloydsPharmacy have announced a new partnership, offering cancer patients the opportunity to have their treatment administrated without visiting a...

Pandemic: what does it mean and does it matter?

When does an epidemic become a pandemic? As the novel coronavirus continues its spread across the globe, what does the designation mean to world healthcare systems...

Supply alert for Phenytoin 30mg/5ml oral suspension

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a supply disruption alert for Phenytoin (Epanutin) 30mg/5ml Oral Suspension. Pfizer have limited supplies of...

‘Hub and spoke not necessarily safer or more cost-effective’

Research by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has revealed that hub and spoke dispensing is not necessarily safer or more cost effective. The hub and...

PHE introduces new surveillance system for early coronavirus detection

Public Health England (PHE) today announced a new surveillance system for early detection of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Part of the efforts to strengthen the...

Scotland to approve free sanitary products for all women

The Scottish parliament on Tuesday is due to approve plans to make sanitary products freely available to all women - the first nation in...

MHRA issues class 4 drug alert for Memantine 10 mg tablets

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 4 pharmacy level caution in use for Memantine 10mg Film-Coated Tablets. Crescent Pharma Ltd...

BREAKING: Three more medicines banned from parallel export

Lopinavir + Ritonavir, Chloroquine phosphate and Azathioprine have all been added to the list of medicines carrying a parallel export ban. The restrictions will be in...

CPCF funding update: Pharmacy bodies express concern

Three leading pharma bodies have generally welcomed the recent update to the five-year Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) but are all concerned about some key...

Four new coronavirus cases in UK after cruise ship evacuees test positive

Four further patients in England have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to 13. "The virus was passed...

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