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  • PDA supports student members through misconduct allegations and other challenges

    Thu 5th August 2021 The PDA

    During the pandemic, the PDA has supported MPharm students, as record levels of enquiries from members are received including resolving issues relating to reasonable adjustments, examination processes, and an increase in misconduct allegations. 

  • When you walk through a storm – do not rely on someone else’s umbrella!

    Wed 4th August 2021 The PDA

    “I was told that I didn’t need to join the PDA because my employer will insure me if anything goes wrong” is something that we hear a lot at the PDA, usually AFTER something has already gone wrong. This article explores the practical reasons as to why pharmacists should carry their own protection, independent of their employer and independent of any organisation that looks after their employer’s interests 

  • PDA calls for long Covid to be recognised as a disability

    Wed 4th August 2021 The PDA

    The PDA is supporting a TUC (Trade Union Congress) petition calling on the UK government to formally recognise long Covid as a disability under the Equality Act 2010. 

  • Member Voice: The myth of pharmacist shortages

    Sat 31st July 2021 The PDA

    In our latest PDA member voice article, Founder of the Pharmacist Cooperative, Tohidul Islam, shares his views on the 'Myth' of pharmacist shortages and explains why the profession needs a unifying organisation that is willing to speak up even to the most deep-pocketed companies without flinching. 

  • UK Government launch National Disability Strategy

    Fri 30th July 2021 The PDA

    The UK government yesterday launched a National Disability Strategy on 28 July which may impact on the experience of pharmacists with disabilities. 

  • PDA responds to the DHSC’s ‘Regulating healthcare professionals, protecting the public consultation’

    Thu 29th July 2021 The PDA

    The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) recently consulted on reforms to the regulation of healthcare professions undertaken by the 10 UK healthcare regulators. 

  • Employers reminded that activity must include disabled people

    Wed 28th July 2021 The PDA

    A judge has ruled that the UK Government broke the Equality Act by failing to provide a BSL interpreter for COVID-19 data briefings and the PDA Ability Network is reminding employers that they too must ensure that they consider the needs of disabled pharmacists in all their activity. 

  • PDA responds to the GPhC’s latest EDI strategy consultation

    Wed 28th July 2021 The PDA

    The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) recently consulted on its latest Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy. 

  • Insight Online – July 2021

    Tue 27th July 2021 The PDA

    In this issue, we share what support the PDA can offer to pharmacists who are feeling pressured to switch pharmacies during the day. Also, a member shares his experience of becoming a newly qualified community pharmacist in the pandemic, and we provide information on the NHS pay award.  

  • England is only country not to issue pandemic recognition payment to NHS workers

    Fri 23rd July 2021 PDA Union

    As pharmacists and other NHS employees on Agenda for Change contracts assess the UK government’s 3% pay rate increase, the PDA is highlighting that England is the only home nation which is yet to give NHS workers a payment in respect of their contribution during the pandemic. 

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