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  • PDA respond to GPhC’s consultation on the draft 2019 fees rules

    Fri 15th February 2019 The PDA

    The GPhC has been consulting from 1 November 2018 to 24 January 2019 on changing its fees for registered pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises. 

  • Recognising and supporting future pharmacists

    Thu 14th February 2019 The PDA

    We strive to improve the working lives of pharmacy students, pre-registration trainees and pharmacists. Last year we were able to deliver 19 workshops to pharmacy students across the country. We also attended the BPSA Annual Conference to support students.  

  • Boots Ballot: Pharmacists should read latest PDAU publication

    Thu 14th February 2019 PDA Union

    It's important that pharmacists at Boots, who are eligible to vote in the recognition ballot, are well informed in order that they can make an informed decision before voting. Here you can read the latest publication sent to pharmacists at their workplaces. 

  • Petition to Reject Remote Pharmacist Proposals and Keep Pharmacists Present for Patients reaches over 8,000 signatures

    Thu 14th February 2019 The PDA

    A public petition against government proposals which could see pharmacies operating without the presence of a Responsible Pharmacist has received over 8,000 signatures. The PDA urge you to help increase the current figure, if the petition reaches 10,000 signatures it will receive a response from the government.  

  • Boots Ballot: Have you read what the PDAU are saying?

    Mon 11th February 2019 PDA Union

    It's important that pharmacists at Boots, who are eligible to vote in the recognition ballot, are well informed in order that they can make an informed decision before voting. Here you can read the latest publication sent to pharmacists at their workplaces. 

  • Promises, Promises from Boots Senior Management

    Fri 8th February 2019 PDA Union

    As Boots pharmacists prepare to vote on whether to recognise the PDA Union at Boots, the PDA Union has reviewed some of the statements that senior Boots spokespeople have made about their intentions for improving conditions for pharmacists without trade union involvement. 

  • Revalidation reminder to members

    Tue 5th February 2019 The PDA

    The PDA has received a significant number of enquiries from members who have received letters and/or emails entitled “Notification of removal from the GPhC register for non-revalidation compliance”. 

  • Boots Ballot: How the company work with independent trade unions in other countries, but they won’t do that here.

    Tue 5th February 2019 PDA Union

    As an example of how Boots work with independent trade unions in other countries, Greta Torbergsen, General Secretary of the Norwegian Pharmaceutical Association (NFF) explains how pharmacists in Norway are negotiating better terms and conditions with Boots management. This contrasts with the actions of the Boots UK senior management who have spent years preventing pharmacists from having their trade union recognised. 

  • “Groundhog Day” proposal just proves Boots doesn’t listen

    Mon 4th February 2019 PDA Union

    Less than a year ago, more than 2,800 pharmacists at Boots sent a clear message though the ballot box to the company’s senior management that they rejected structures that were not actually free of company control or influence, but the senior management are behaving as if that vote never happened. 

  • Countdown to Boots Ballot deadline

    Mon 4th February 2019 PDA Union

    As the formal ballot period commenced today (Monday 4 February) The PDAU have updated their website countdown clock to show the time left for eligible pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists to cast their vote 

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