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We will keep you informed of any general developments by posting any news that is relevant to the individual pharmacist agenda on this section of the site.

  • Pharmacy risks race to the bottom on safety standards

    Thu 19th April 2018 The PDA

    The Pharmacists Defence Association (PDA) has highlighted a locum agency’s claim that some of its clients will only offer shifts to pharmacists who are prepared to miss lunch, as a further example as to why the Safer Pharmacies Charter is urgently needed. Adequate rest is one of the basic safety standards in the Charter. 

  • RPS elections – choose your candidates

    Tue 17th April 2018 The PDA

    If you are a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), we’d like to encourage you to vote in the elections which will be happening in England and Wales for membership of the national pharmacy board in each of those countries. 

  • PDA statement to the Williams review on the case of Dr Bawa-Garba and the disclosure of reflective accounts

    Mon 16th April 2018 The PDA

    Following the recent conviction and striking off of Dr Bawa-Garba, the government asked Professor Sir Norman Williams to conduct a rapid policy review into the issues relating to gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare. The PDA has responded to the review on behalf of members. 

  • Revalidation

    Fri 6th April 2018 The PDA

    The PDA is keen to support our members to engage with the new revalidation requirements successfully. We believe that a workforce actively engaged in continual professional development is a workforce which will not only gain greater job satisfaction but will improve patient care and safety for the benefit of all. 

  • Pharmacists say basic safety standards are not met

    Tue 3rd April 2018 The PDA

    The Pharmacists Defence Association (PDA) has released survey results that show seven basic standards of pharmacy safety are regularly not being met and is demanding action to protect patients, pharmacists and the tax payer.  

  • Decriminalisation concerns – PDA writes to Pharmacy Minister

    Wed 28th March 2018 The PDA

    The PDA are concerned that the Rebalancing Board, charged with the responsibility to provide a wide ranging and appropriate amendment to the law, has failed to do so and has written to the Pharmacy Minister with an offer to help improve the situation. 

  • Why Boots Pharmacists should vote for an independent voice at work

    Wed 28th March 2018 PDA Union

    7,000 Boots pharmacists have their moment: the chance to vote for a better future and an independent voice at work 

  • Pay Gap is another reason for employers to work with Trade Unions

    Tue 27th March 2018 PDA Union

    The PDA Union, the only independent trade union in the UK exclusively for pharmacists, has highlighted pay inequality as another reason that employers in the sector should work constructively with the union as the independent voice of pharmacists. 

  • PDA Union issue qualified welcome to NHS pay rise

    Fri 23rd March 2018 PDA Union

    The PDA Union has made a qualified welcome to the government’s 6% pay increase for NHS employees over the next 3 years, saying it is a start but much more is needed to repair the decline in pharmacists’ real terms pay and the working environment.  

  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society – 2018 elections

    Thu 22nd March 2018 The PDA

    The world of pharmacy in the UK includes a number of organisations that influence how the profession works. The PDA are proud to be the independent trade union for pharmacists and to play our part, but for the system to work best we also need the other organisations to be effective and contribute appropriately. 

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