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  • PDA requests meeting with GP Federations NI following members’ unhappiness with pay award proposal

    Mon 24th June 2024 The PDA

    The PDA has recently written to the management at GP Federations NI (GPFED NI) to request an urgent meeting. This follows a PDA member meeting where attendees unanimously agreed that their pay proposal was unacceptable and they would be willing to “take whatever action is necessary.” 

  • International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) supports Safer Pharmacies Charter

    Sat 22nd June 2024 The PDA

    FIP has become the latest organisation to support the PDA's Safer Pharmacies Charter. The Charter consists of seven commitments to improve safety and care for patients, through better working conditions in UK pharmacy practice. 

  • ASDA pharmacists encouraged to contact PDA Member Support Centre with any concerns over changes

    Fri 21st June 2024 The PDA

    The PDA will be supporting members to deal with any negative potential impacts from a reported decision by ASDA to make changes to roles, reporting structures, and contracts. 

  • Latest data on GPhC pharmacy premises inspections

    Thu 20th June 2024 The PDA

    The primary duty of all healthcare regulators is to protect patients. In terms of pharmacy, the PDA believes this overarching duty to protect the public can only be truly effective if pharmacies and those that own or manage them are appropriately regulated. 

  • PDA calls on employers to make reasonable adjustments

    Wed 19th June 2024 The PDA

    As part of the PDA Ability Network's ‘Standing up for Sitting Down’ campaign, the PDA is calling on employers to make appropriate and ongoing reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities and health conditions, which are regularly reviewed. 

  • PDA challenges RPS on its ‘open display of P medicines’ policy review

    Tue 18th June 2024 The PDA

    Pharmacy medicines (P medicines) are the tools of a clinician but depending on the outcome of a Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) board meeting, they may not be for much longer. 

  • An award winning student’s contribution to pharmacy

    Tue 18th June 2024 The PDA

    The PDA recently caught up with Olivia Donnelly, winner of the Student Leadership category in the 2024 Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards to discuss the steps she took while studying at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) to contribute to the world of pharmacy. PDA member, Olivia also shared her advice to first-year pharmacy students and where her pharmacy journey will take her next.  

  • PDA launches election 2024 manifesto

    Mon 17th June 2024 The PDA

    Health and social care are key features of the UK general election in 2024, with pharmacy and pharmacists being specifically mentioned in televised debates and political party manifesto pledges. The Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA) has launched a manifesto with key asks of the next government to improve access to safe and effective NHS care for patients and support the vital pharmacist workforce. 

  • PDA NAWP Network invites nominations for upcoming elections

    Mon 17th June 2024 The PDA

    Three positions are available: President, Vice-President, and Honorary Secretary. Details of the roles can be found below. 

  • PDA update on the NPA’s ‘Day of Action’ campaign

    Fri 14th June 2024 The PDA

    The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has launched a ‘Day of Action’ on 20 June 2024 that aims to raise awareness of the funding crisis in pharmacy during the current general election period. The PDA is updating its members on the outcome of recent discussions with the NPA.  

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