Latest News

This section contains news relevant to the individual pharmacist agenda and is presented in chronological sequence.

  • PDA Criticizes RPS Position on Decriminalisation

    In its consultation response PDA takes issue with RPS view that inadvertent errors have been decriminalised.

    [02-FEB-16]  
  • PDA Raises Issues with Employer PI Insurance

    The PDA raised issues with employer-provided PI insurance and Contingent Medical Malpractice insurance within its response to a recent GPhC consultation. We point out that these may not provide the assurances that the GPhC and the public are looking for.

    [08-JAN-16]  
  • PDA Responds to National Guardian Consultation

    As a result of the Freedom to Speak Up review, a National Guardian for whistleblowing will be introduced shortly.

    [22-DEC-15]  
  • PDA Responds to the IPSIS Consultation

    It is proposed that the Independent Patient Safety Investigations Service (IPSIS) will operate from April 2016.

    [30-NOV-15]  
  • Boots Market Based Pay  Update November 2015

    In November 2014 John Murphy PDAU General Secretary warned Boots pharmacist employees that the plan to introduce Market Based Pay (MBP) was the thin end of the wedge.

    [24-NOV-15]  
  • Launch of the Campaign to support locums.

    Locums are increasingly receiving poor treatment at the hands of some employers; it's about time that something was done about it!

    [10-SEP-15]  
  • Do you want to work in the emerging New Role opportunities?

    We are looking for pharmacists who are keen to work within a group practice of pharmacists so as to provide pharmaceutical care services to caseloads of patients that have been referred to them by GP's.

    [06-JUL-15]  
  • Technicians want to make final check on prescriptions and sell P meds with no pharmacist present

    The Association of Pharmacy Technicians supports pharmacies operating in the absence of a pharmacist and wants pharmacy technicians to take on community pharmacist roles.

    [30-APR-15]  
  • Is this the job you have always dreamt of?

    The PDA is recruiting a pharmacist who has the ability and qualities to manage and drive the implementation of the PDA Roadmap strategy

    [26-MAR-15]  
  • Easter 2015 Opening Hours

    [26-MAR-15]  
  • The campaign to cap the numbers of Pharmacy students

    Members will know that back in 2012, the PDA instigated a series of Conferences around the UK to focus on the problems looming on the horizon regarding the over production of pharmacy students.

    [06-JAN-15]  
  • The result of the PDAU vs Boots judicial review (Members Only)

    By now you will have heard that the Judge in the hearing to establish whether the PDAU would be granted a declaration of incompatibility enabling it to seek a change in the UK law to bring it in line with EU Human Rights legislation has been refused.

    [22-SEP-14]  
  • The Legal Journey (Members Only)

    [22-SEP-14]  
  • Why formal recognition of the PDA Union by Boots would be good for patients and pharmacists

    The road to gaining formal recognition with Boots has been tortuous, with the company expending considerable efforts to prevent its pharmacists being able to negotiate their pay, hours and holidays through a union of their choice.

    John Murphy, PDA Union General Secretary [23-MAY-14]  
  • PDA presses for a reduction in student numbers

    The government now recognises that Schools of Pharmacy are producing too many graduates  But what is to be done? The PDA has submitted it proposals.

    [15-NOV-13]  
  • Self-selection of P medicines - not in the public interest!

    The PDA is urging pharmacists to sign a petition against proposals that will allow the owners of pharmacies to display P medicines on self-selection.

    [12-JUL-13]  
  • An update about Union recognition with Boots

    The PDA Union has now received a copy of the independent report prepared by the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) which outlines the percentage of PDA Union members employed by Boots.

    [20-MAY-13]  
  • PDA Union critiques Lloyds new locum contract

    We have received enquires from members who provide Locum Pharmacist services with regard to the new Lloyds agreement for the provision of Locum Services.

    [31-JAN-13]  
  • PDA Union Elections February - April 2013

    The PDA Union Executive has authorised elections for executive members and Membership Group representatives.

    [29-JAN-13]  
  • Too Many pharmacists? What's being done

    This issue was the focus of several PDA member conferences in 2012 and led to the development of a seven point plan.

    [10-JAN-13]  
  • Boots Employment Tribunal Claims Update

    This is an update regarding the progress of claims made in the Nottingham Employment Tribunal against Boots Management Services Limited.

    [26-OCT-12]  
  • Boots Recognition - Register your interest

    Following on from the recent features in the PDA's Insight magazine about the recognition of the PDA Union by Boots we invite you to register your interest in the proposal going forward on a confidential basis.

    [01-OCT-12]  
  • PDA Union; The SW consortium and the taking of industrial action (Members Only)

    The NHS as an employer has a collective agreement with the major NHS Unions and although local consultation arrangements with the PDA Union exist with some trusts, we do not have a negotiating/collective bargaining agreement.

    [18-SEP-12]  
  • PDA Union and SIPTU agree to work together

    The PDA Union and the union representing shop staff in Ireland have agreed to work together on matters of common concern.

    A PDA Union Press Release [03-JUL-12]  
  • Advice for Boots pharmacists threatened with dismissal following ET Judgment

    A recent Employment Tribunal decision found that Boots Management Services Ltd had acted unlawfully when it cut premium pay by 25% for long serving pharmacists.

    [08-JUN-12]  
  • Boots Rest Break Policy

    The PDA has been contacted by a number of members concerning a "Rest Break Policy" which has been recently issued by Boots in conjunction with the Boots Pharmacists Association (BPA). A senior executive of Boots has agreed to share a copy of the policy with the PDA.

    [11-MAY-12]  
  • A students report from the PDA Executive Meeting

    Zoe Phillips, the executive officer for the Student and Pre registration membership group attended the PDA Union Executive meeting on the 29th March 2012. Here is her feedback from the meeting about what you need to know as a student!

    [16-APR-12]  
  • Alliance Boots Restructure

    We have been contacted by a growing number of members recently who are seeking advice about a major restructuring exercise that has recently been announced at Alliance Boots. Details are sketchy at present but it appears that a significant number of jobs are at risk throughout the company.

    [23-MAR-12]  
  • Boots Update

    The PDA is acting behalf of a number of its members in respect of the claim being brought against Boots Management Services Limited.

    [19-MAR-12]  
  • The joint campaign to seek decriminalisation of dispensing errors

    Over the last 4 months the bodies in pharmacy have been working together in an unprecedented way to try and deliver a solution to the problem of the criminalisation of dispensing errors.

    [14-MAR-12]  
  • Decriminalisation: The House of Lords Debate

    The following is an extract from Hansard from the Lords' debate on the decriminalisation of dispensing errors.

    [14-MAR-12]  
  • PDA warmly welcomes review of pharmacists' role in Scotland

    The Pharmacists' Defence Association warmly welcomes the announcement that the role of community pharmacists in Scotland is to be reviewed. The review will consider how to make better use of pharmacists' expertise and enhance their involvement in primary healthcare.

    [25-OCT-11]  
  • The Emperor has no clothes! Reviewing the RP Regulations

    From member feedback, we know that the very mention of the RP regulations and the way in which they were introduced, still causes many pharmacists to suffer an increase in blood pressure.

    Insight Summer 2011 - Community Edition [01-AUG-11]  
  • Alliance Boots defies common sense - More Information (Members Only)

    Alliance Boots has rejected a group grievance submitted by the PDA Union and is insisting that pharmacists attend individual grievance meetings.

    [24-MAY-11]  
  • Alliance Boots defies common sense, logic and the wishes of its pharmacists

    After 4 weeks of silence, Alliance Boots has confirmed in a letter received on 23rd May 2011, that it has rejected the wishes of many of its pharmacist employees who requested a group grievance to be conducted by their Union, on their behalf.

    [24-MAY-11]  
  • Alliance Boots Changes to Terms & Conditions

    The PDA has been contacted by a number of members regarding a leaflet entitled "Simplifying our Pay and Benefits at Boots" which they have recently received.

    [01-APR-11]  
  • Are you thinking about a Career Break?

    The PDA has always encouraged pharmacists to protect their income in the event of unforeseen circumstances, and promotes the Pharmaceutical & General Provident Society income protection plan.

    [11-MAR-11]  
  • Why do Pharmacy Students need to join the PDA

    Pharmacy undergraduates are now coming under scrutiny from the pharmacy regulator, through Schools of Pharmacy 'fitness to practice' procedures. Students' behaviour, conduct and integrity are being monitored to judge their suitability to become future members of the profession.

    [29-SEP-10]  
  • Revised advice to members of the Boots Pension Scheme

    Boots refusal to allow members to 'reserve their rights' as part of the application process into the new pension scheme gives rise to new advice from the PDA which may require members to take urgent action.

    PDA Union [22-JUN-10]  
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