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  • BBC Documentary “Boots: Pharmacists under Pressure?”

    Wed 10th January 2018 The PDA

    The BBC documentary was broadcast on Monday 8 January; it described serious concerns of some pharmacists working at the company. 

  • BBC Documentary

    Thu 4th January 2018 The PDA

    A 30 minute 'Inside Out' special investigation documentary programme entitled “Boots: Pharmacists under pressure?” is being shown on the BBC and we think it will be of significant interest to anyone concerned with pharmacy and especially those who work at Boots. 

  • PDA concerned about GPhC lack of action

    Mon 18th December 2017 The PDA

    Can you think of an industry where problems are ALWAYS the fault of individuals working at the front-line and NEVER the fault of the organisation or because of policy set by the employer? 

  • Health Education England Consultation on NHS Workforce Strategy – Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future

    Thu 14th December 2017 The PDA

    Health Education England is consulting on a draft workforce strategy for the NHS. We invite members to share their views with us to inform our response. 

  • Derecognition of the BPA – PDAU meet with BPA

    Tue 12th December 2017 PDA Union

    On Friday 8th December 2017, PDAU representatives of the Boots pharmacists who have applied to derecognise the Boots Pharmacists Association met with executives of the organisation.  

  • Adverse Weather

    Mon 11th December 2017 Website Editor

    The team at our Birmingham head office will be doing their best to maintain service to members during this period of wintery weather. However we also want to make sure they can get to and from the office safely so today we’ll be reducing our helpline service to 10:00am – 6:00pm Outside of these hours, […] 

  • PRESS RELEASE: PDA launches “Safer Pharmacies Charter”

    Wed 6th December 2017 The PDA

    The PDA has produced a charter of seven commitments to improve safety and care for patients. It appeals for improved staffing arrangements and working conditions for pharmacists which will enhance patient safety considerations in UK pharmacy practice. This charter defines basic standards to ensure safe practice wherever pharmacists work.  

  • Derecognition of the BPA – PDAU meet with Boots

    Mon 4th December 2017 PDA Union

    On 1st December 2017, PDA Union representatives for the group of pharmacists who have applied to derecognise the BPA, met with senior managers from Boots. 

  • Concerns over proposed PSNI premises standards – which include provision for MUR targeting

    Tue 28th November 2017 The PDA

    The PDA has responded to the PSNI's consultation on draft new premises standards for registered pharmacies, saying that they appear to be a significant retrograde step and expressing concerns that the PSNI may be following in the GPhC's footsteps in its approach to pharmacy premises regulation. The standards provide for MUR targeting by employers, calling the number of MURs a "patient outcome" - which was challenged by the PDA. 

  • Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) issue decision on application to derecognise the BPA at Boots

    Mon 27th November 2017 PDA Union

    The public body that has statutory powers to resolve workplace disputes in Britain has published their full decision on an application that a secret ballot should be held to determine whether the bargaining arrangements between the BPA and Boots Management Services Limited should be ended. 

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