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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.

  • Insight Online – November 2018

    Thu 29th November 2018 The PDA

    Welcome to the latest issue of Insight Online. This regular mailing keeps you updated on PDA news and events, as well as issues that affected you at work. 

  • Case Study: Constructive Dismissal at Boots

    Wed 28th November 2018 PDA Union

    The PDA Union have recently seen the judgement of a Scottish Employment Tribunal where a trainee pharmacy technician at Boots was constructively dismissed after being given a final written warning. This was despite DISPROVING an allegation made in a customer complaint that she had breached confidentiality.  

  • Boots Pharmacists: Why the 40% hurdle is so important

    Sun 25th November 2018 PDA Union

    The PDA Union want to make sure that pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists understand why every vote in the ballot due in February 2019 is critical if they are to finally secure an independent voice at work. 

  • Technology soundbites are a distraction from core NHS issues

    Fri 23rd November 2018 The PDA

    The health secretary Matt Hancock is well known for his interest and enthusiasm for anything digital, writes PDA Director of Public Affairs, Claire Ward. He has brought his knowledge and insight from his previous role in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to the Department of Health and Social Care and seeks to apply a techno/IT-friendly view to how we can deliver health and social care. 

  • Early access for EU-national pharmacy staff to attain settled status in the UK

    Thu 22nd November 2018 The PDA

    On Thursday 29 November 2018, the EU Settlement Scheme will be opened early for all health and social care staff working in the UK.  

  • Why small community pharmacies are at risk and how we can save them

    Thu 22nd November 2018 The PDA

    In June 2018, The Pharmaceutical Journal celebrated 70 years of the NHS with a timeline that plotted pharmacy’s history against the years since the NHS was born. I was disappointed to see that as early as 1981, community pharmacy was already being viewed as a problem child. And in 2016, despite talk over the years of community pharmacy’s importance, significant cuts were made to its funding. 

  • Boots Pharmacists: Be part of your union

    Mon 19th November 2018 PDA Union

    Pharmacists employed at Boots are being encouraged to join thousands of their colleagues and be part of the PDA Union; the only independent UK trade union that is exclusively for individual pharmacists, pre-registration pharmacists and pharmacy undergraduates.  

  • Petition to Reject Remote Pharmacist Proposals and Keep Pharmacists Present for Patients reaches 5,000 signatures

    Fri 16th November 2018 The PDA

    A public petition against government proposals which could see pharmacies operating without the presence of a Responsible Pharmacist has received 5,000 signatures. The PDA urge you to help double the current figure, if the petition reaches 10,000 signatures it will receive a response from the government.  

  • 2018 Scottish Pharmacy Award Winners Announced

    Thu 15th November 2018 The PDA

    The Scottish Pharmacy Awards took place at the Hilton Glasgow Hotel last week. The annual celebration has a positive impact on the pharmacy sector by recognising exceptional pharmacists and showcasing their accomplishments.  

  • Date set for historic second ballot at Boots

    Wed 7th November 2018 PDA Union

    The PDA Union have negotiated the arrangements for a ballot of pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists which can finally secure them an independent voice at work. The ballot period will run for five weeks from Monday 4 February 2019 

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