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  • Wallgreens Boots Alliance have “most difficult quarter” of trading

    Wed 3rd April 2019 PDA Union

    Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has warned that it may be forced to close stores and cut jobs in the UK after suffering the “most difficult quarter” since its formation via merger in 2014, even though the vertically integrated multinational is still making £Billions in profits. The PDA Union will be supporting any members affected by the consequences of this announcement. 

  • Everyone who works should be in a trade union and there is a trade union suitable for each of us.

    Wed 3rd April 2019 PDA Union

    PDAU believe that everyone who is working should be in a suitable trade union for their circumstances so that they receive the support, protection and other benefits of being part of an independent trade union. 

  • PDA releases patient safety survey results

    Sat 30th March 2019 The PDA

    The PDA has published the results of three patient safety surveys undertaken over the last three years, including the latest results which directly compare the experience of pharmacists to the basic standards detailed in the Safer Pharmacies Charter. 

  • Boots campaign features in the latest Unions 21 podcast

    Fri 29th March 2019 PDA Union

    In the latest podcast from Unions 21, Becky Wright and Simon Sapper talk union recognition with Paul Day of the PDA Union and hear all about how Boots' senior management denied their pharmacists an independent voice at work for eight years and how, by never giving up, the PDAU changed that.  

  • PDA respond to the NHSI Consultation on Developing a Patient Safety Strategy for the NHS

    Tue 26th March 2019 The PDA

    NHS Improvement consulted on a patient safety strategy for the NHS. The consultation ran from 14 December 2018 to 15 February 2019. The PDA generally welcomes and supports the proposals in the consultation. However, there is a significant need for increased focus on systems issues affecting medicines safety in pharmacy. 

  • PDAU representatives will listen to all Boots pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists

    Sat 23rd March 2019 PDA Union

    PDAU asking all Boots pharmacists to let them know what should be made better at work and reiterating PDAU representatives will act in the interests of the entire profession when they negotiate for all registered and pre-registration store-based pharmacists at levels 5, 6 and 7. 

  • The PDA Union (PDAU) has affiliated to the General Federation of Trade Unions

    Thu 21st March 2019 PDA Union

    The PDA is strengthening its trade union function by affiliating to the General Federation of Trade Unions. The affiliation coincides with the union entering a new chapter as it begins to collectively bargain for pay at the largest community pharmacy multiple, Boots. 

  • Insight Online – March 2019

    Wed 20th March 2019 The PDA

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

  • BOOTS pharmacists: You won the ballot and now you can be part of the team to help make things better

    Mon 18th March 2019 PDA Union

    We are inviting any PDAU members employed at Boots to volunteer to become part of our network at the company.  We will need to fill a number of positions and to begin with we would like you to express initial interest in becoming part of the team.   

  • 2019 NI Healthcare Award winners revealed

    Thu 14th March 2019 The PDA

    The 20th Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards took place at Belfast’s Europa Hotel last month and coincided with the 2019 Northern Ireland Pharmacy Conference which took place that afternoon in partnership with the PDA.  

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