An Employment Tribunal recently considered a claim by a PDA Union member who was forced to resign after raising patient safety issues that Boots failed to take seriously. The Tribunal identified a catalogue of failures and heavily criticised senior managers.
In 1999, the pharmacy undergraduate population was 5,534; in 2009 it stands at 13,026 and the number of pharmacy schools is set to increase still further. The PDA's Conferences in England and Wales considered this subject and explored possible solutions
The pre reg training year is a time of crucial importance for aspiring pharmacists. The transition from novice pharmacy graduate through to a registered pharmacist requires hard work, a committed tutor and a supportive learning environment.
This feature reports on two developments which could change the way pharmacists' relationship with Alliance Boots will function in the future. If the approach taken in this organisation is successful, then it may be possible to establish similar arrangements with other pharmacy employers.
Prior to the establishment of the NHS, if someone went to see a doctor, he would charge a fee for his time and then usually write a prescription, which when presented to a local pharmacist would also result in a dispensing fee having to be paid.
The practice that has developed in the last decade for the Police to use the 1968 Medicines Act to prosecute pharmacists once gross negligence manslaughter was excluded was a trend that the PDA was determined to stop, when Elizabeth Lee faced her initial trial in April 2009.
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