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  • PDA Union support Health Campaigns Together

    Thu 13th December 2018 PDA Union

    PDA Union members care about patients, the National Health Service and healthcare in the UK overall and that’s why the PDA Union are working with Health Campaigns Together (HCT).  

  • PDA calls on DHSC to confirm plans for BREXIT

    Thu 13th December 2018 The PDA

    The PDA has continuously said that any changes to regulations, procedures or practice need to be properly considered, developed, agreed and communicated in advance of implementation. As the countdown to BREXIT approaches 100 days, the PDA is calling on the government to be absolutely transparent with their plans for pharmacy and clarify exactly what they intend to do. 

  • PDA sponsor RPS Wales Medicines Safety Conference

    Mon 10th December 2018 The PDA

    The PDA were delighted to be a sponsor at the 8th annual RPS Wales Medicines Safety conference, which saw expert speakers from different sectors of practice come together on a subject which unites the profession perhaps more than any other - patient safety. 

  • Pre-registration pharmacists – join PDA as a Christmas gift to yourself

    Fri 7th December 2018 The PDA

    Pre-registration pharmacists can gift themselves the benefits of PDA membership for FREE this Christmas and become part of the only independent UK trade union that is exclusively for pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists 

  • Can the APTUK claim to be a representative body for pharmacy technicians?

    Thu 6th December 2018 The PDA

    The Health and Care Professions Council requires any occupational group that wishes to be recognised as a healthcare profession to demonstrate that membership of its prospective professional body accounts for at least 25% of the occupation’s practitioners.  

  • Is the GPhC premises inspection process failing on the staffing standard?

    Mon 3rd December 2018 The PDA

    Through the calls received to our helpline and the information PDA members provide in patient safety surveys, we regularly monitor member concerns regarding working environments and the adverse systemic effect this can have on patient safety.  

  • BAME pharmacists more likely to face FTP panels

    Mon 3rd December 2018 The PDA

    Information from the GPhC has revealed that Pharmacists who are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) are not only disproportionately represented among those pharmacists who are subject to Fitness to Practise (FtP) procedures but also less likely to share the same ethnicity as the decision makers sitting in judgement on their case. 

  • Important Advice for PDA members at Medipharmacy Limited

    Sat 1st December 2018 PDA Union

    PDA Union members at Medipharmacy Limited will be understandably concerned about their future after the company announced it would be putting 16 branches up for sale. PDA are offering high level advice immediately and asking members with specific concerns to contact us. 

  • Why is Boots so concerned the PDA Union will see what’s in its staffing model?

    Fri 30th November 2018 PDA Union

    In a recently published decision of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following a complaint about Boots made by the BBC, the company has robustly defended its refusal to release its staffing model. One reason given was that it might be used by the PDA Union in support of the application currently being made on behalf of thousands of Boots pharmacists who are seeking an independent voice at work. 

  • Find out how you could win a luxury Christmas hamper worth over £200!

    Fri 30th November 2018 The PDA

    This month, we are giving you the chance to win a luxury Christmas hamper worth over £200! To enter our big Christmas hamper competition, simply follow us on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram and share our competition post. This competition is open to all pharmacy students, pre-registration trainees and pharmacists. 

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