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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.

  • Indemnity for Pharmacists working in GP surgeries

    Mon 13th February 2017 The PDA

    With membership premiums starting at £212 for lower risk activities, the average cost being £440 and 93% of pharmacists working in GP surgeries paying less than £900, membership of the PDA offers the most cost effective form of professional indemnity for GP surgery based pharmacists.  

  • Press Release: Update on PDAU Recognition with Boots

    Mon 13th February 2017 PDA Union

    Senior judges tell Boots pharmacists that if they want to have their collective bargaining rights represented by the PDA Union, then they must seek the derecognition of the Boots Pharmacists Association. 

  • The PDA’s February student events

    Mon 30th January 2017 The PDA

    We have been invited by schools of pharmacy to attend various student events, so as to inform MPharm students about what a pharmacist's career is like and what the PDA's role is in supporting it. 

  • The PDA is recruiting an Academic Liaison Officer

    Wed 18th January 2017 The PDA

    The PDA is looking for a professional with pharmacy knowledge, as well as outstanding communication skills, for a newly created role. 

  • PSNI Consultation on Pharmacist Prescriber Register Annotation

    Tue 17th January 2017 The PDA

    The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is consulting on legal changes in relation to the annotation of the register of pharmacists who are qualified as independent prescribers, and corresponding changes for supplementary prescribers to ensure a consistent legislative approach to the two groups. 

  • PDA leadership team update

    Mon 16th January 2017 The PDA

    John Murphy, Director of the PDA, retires from his position and Tom Kirkbride is appointed Chief Operating Officer for The Pharmacists' Defence Association. 

  • PDA’s working hours during the winter holiday

    Mon 19th December 2016 The PDA

    We would like to send you our warmest wishes on behalf of all of us at the PDA, and we hope you have a happy festive season. If you need our help over this period, our opening times can be found below. 

  • Community Pharmacy Debate – House of Commons Main Chamber

    Wed 2nd November 2016 PDA Union

    An opposition day debate was held in the House of Commons on Wednesday 2nd November, with a motion not to cut funding to community pharmacies in England. The PDA Union provided a briefing document to MPs who were attending the debate. 

  • GPhC CPD Sampling Consultation

    Wed 2nd November 2016 The PDA

    The GPhC proposed to change the way it samples registrants' CPD records - reducing the minimum sample size to 2.5% each year. The PDA called for research to assess whether CPD recording was of material benefit to the public and raised serious questions about the GPhC's approach to the consultation. 

  • Consultation on Pharmaceutical Services Regulations in Northern Ireland

    Wed 2nd November 2016 The PDA

    The Department of Health in Northern Ireland consulted on legal changes to enable prescriptions from therapeutic radiographers and registered dieticians to be dispensed, and to allow community pharmacy contractors to refuse to provide services to patients (or those accompanying them) if they are violent or threaten violence or a criminal offence. 

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