Insight Online – October 2019

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

Wed 23rd October 2019 The PDA

In this issue:

Pharmacist Support receives a donation of almost £25,000

PDA members have raised almost £3,500 over the last nine months by topping up their membership fees with donations to Pharmacist Support. Once added to nine months of the PDA’s donation of £1 for every member each year, a total of £24,896.68 was presented to the charity at the 2019 Pharmacy Show.


NAWP secures a future as part of the PDA

The National Association of Women Pharmacists (NAWP) has secured a future as a network within the PDA. NAWP will become a semi-autonomous network, open to both PDA members and non-members. The 114-year-old organisation had previously announced that the organisation was closed to new members and would dissolve as an independent body at the end of the year. The arrangement made public earlier this month means NAWP will now continue its work in a new format.

PDAU donates £1,750 to Birmingham Mind

The PDAU promised to give £1 to charity for each vote cast in the recognition ballot at Boots this year, and as a result, a total donation of £3,500 has been split between two charities. The other half of the total amount raised has been donated to the National Autistic Society.

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PDAU proudly supports the Trade Union Clean Air Network Charter

As pharmacists, PDA members often see patients whose conditions are caused or aggravated by poor air quality. Approximately one in five people in the UK has ever developed asthma, COPD or another long-term respiratory illness. Half of them are currently on treatment (mainly inhalers) for lung disease.

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PDA responds to BEIS consultation on Neonatal Leave & PayThe Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has consulted on proposals for a new leave and pay entitlement for parents of babies that require neonatal care after birth. This would be an entitlement to be absent from work to care for the baby, so that, as far as possible, parents have additional time at home with their child to compensate for the time their child was in hospital after birth.

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 PDA National Conference: First session announced

We reveal one of the sessions at the PDA National Conference 2020. In the session, ‘Pharmacists’ strike action – the inside story from Norway‘, Greta Torbergsen, General Secretary of the Norwegian Association of Pharmacists will describe how a dispute at Vitusapotek, the second largest community pharmacy multiple in Norway was settled just hours before strike action was about to proceed. Pharmacists had already begun the unprecedented process to commence a strike after the union rejected an initial inadequate pay offer.

In a demonstration of what a pharmacist union with recognition at an employer can achieve for its members, just twelve months earlier, the union successfully negotiated a reduction in working hours for pharmacists working at Boots in Norway. Greta Torbergsen was at the centre of both of these negotiations and will tell us how Norwegian pharmacists stand up for the profession.

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Below is a summary of some of the other key news stories that have been published on the PDA website this month:

18/10/19 – European Women Pharmacists meeting

16/10/19 – Results of survey of pharmacists about problems with medicines supply and the possible affects of Brexit

14/10/19 – PDA Union attends the 8th General Assembly of EPhEU

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