The Five Year Forward View, or the same old medicine? What do we want?

  THERE are some things in life at which we’re not experts, and we shouldn’t kid ourselves that we are. Plumbing is one. Anything involving electricity is another. If we know fixing something requires us to find someone suitable, rather than undertake something risky ourselves, then it makes sense to do so. In healthcare we need a wealth of…

Can we afford the NHS?

  NHS expenditure in England is expected to be £116.5 billion in 2016/17 [1], over £13 billion in Scotland [2], around £6 billion for health and social care in Wales [3] and £3.8 billion for HSC in Northern Ireland [4]. Huge sums of money, but this still isn’t enough. If we value the NHS and…

EHC – should it be available to buy at the supermarket?

  AS a practising community pharmacist there is no way I can agree to making either levonorgestrel or ulipristal acetate general sales medicines (GSLs). In other words, they should never be available to buy straight off the shelves down the local newsagent or at the local supermarket. There is little doubt that the availability of…

Spend to save the NHS, or watch it die?

  NHS expenditure in England is expected to be £116.5 billion in 2016/17 [1], over £13 billion in Scotland [2], around £6 billion for health and social care in Wales [3] and £3.8 billion for HSC in Northern Ireland [4]. Huge sums of money, but this still isn’t enough. If we value the NHS and…

RPS elections – pharmacy bored?

  BARELY had the votes for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Board elections been counted, verified and published when the traditional navel-gazing post mortem commenced. Why, why, why? The sombre observers picked over the election bones on Twitter and the casket was opened to reveal that professional enthusiasm had died. With voter turnouts of 9.95% in…

Three ways social media can save pharmacy

  AS I learned in residency, every time something difficult is encountered, you need to look at is as a good learning experience. Reading this website has been a fantastic learning experience, and more so than I expected. I expanded my understanding and interest in international pharmacy while reading these posts. The most pertinent thing I…

Pharmacy is all ‘doom and gloom’…or is it?

  IT’S fair to say that over the last few years most of the pharmacy press has run with the doom and gloom stories about increased numbers of pharmacists, meaning less opportunities for all, and an ever decreasing reward for the work we do. You can’t blame them – that’s what all journalists do, after all…