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27

Class 2 Medicines Recall: Aventis Pharma Limited (t/a Sanofi)

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
  Class 2 Medicines Recall: Aventis Pharma Limited (t/a Sanofi), Largactil 50mg/2ml Solution for Injection, EL (20)A/56 By MHRA Published 26 November 2020 From: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency Sanofi is recalling specific batches of Largactil 50mg/2ml Solution for Injection as a precautionary measure due to out of specification results obtained for the ...
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Nov
27

Free flu vaccinations rolled out to over 50s from December

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Free flu vaccinations rolled out to over 50s from December Published 20 November 2020 From: Department of Health and Social Care . People aged 50 to 64 will get free flu vaccine from 1 December as part of expanded flu vaccination programme this winter. Individuals will be able to get free flu jab from their GP or pharmacist Centrally secured supply of vaccines available t...
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Nov
26

Full list of local restriction tiers by area- from 2nd December 2020

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Full list of local restriction tiers by area This page sets out the full list of local restriction tiers by area from Wednesday 2 December 2020. Published 26 November 2020From: Department of Health and Social Care Decisions on which area goes into which tier are primarily based on 5 key epidemiological indicators: case detection rates in all age groups case detection rates in the ov...
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Nov
24

2021 Influenza Vaccine- still time to pre-order

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Members' Offer- 2021 Influenza Vaccine Dispex is pleased to announce that a members' only deal on Mylan's 2021 Influenza vaccine is now available- so secure next years' stock today!  Simply, login to the members' area (home page) to view their offer. If your Dispex membership has lapsed or you have ...
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Nov
24

Latest updates-By NHS England Nov 2020

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Latest updates-By NHS England  What’s been happening in general practice It’s an incredibly busy time for general practice and continues to be. We’ve summarised some of the key activities for easy reference. Contracting and finances On 17 September NHS England and NHS Improvement published an updated Network Contract DES Specification and Net...
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Nov
24

Gov.uk Accessing government-secured flu vaccines: guidance for GPs

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Accessing government-secured flu vaccines: guidance for GPs Published 9 October 2020 Last updated 20 November 2020 — see all updates From: Department of Health and Social Care How GP practices in England can access the extra stock of flu vaccines this winter that the government has secured. Details To support the expanded vaccination programme, the Department of ...
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Nov
24

England arrivals to be able to cut quarantine with private test

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Covid-19: England arrivals to be able to cut quarantine with private test By The BBC 24th Nov 2020  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55052381 People arriving in England from abroad will be soon able to reduce their quarantine by more than half if they pay for a Covid test after five days, the transport secretary has announced. The rules will come into force from 15 December and ...
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Nov
24

Government welcomes the MHRA review into Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Government welcomes the MHRA review into Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine- Press release- By Gov.uk Published 23 November 2020 From: Department of Health and Social Care, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP UK’s independent regulator to evaluate latest data from Pfizer and BioNTech to ensure the quality, s...
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Nov
23

NHS Primary Care Bulletin 20.11.20

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
NHS Primary Care Bulletin 20.11.20 National Call and Recall Service for flu vaccinations – outbound telephone calls The NHS Immunisation Management Service operates the National Call and Recall Service for the flu vaccination programme on behalf of NHS England and NHS Improvement. In addition to initial contact via letters and emails/SMS, it is making approximately 1.3 million foll...
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Nov
23

Oxford University breakthrough on global COVID-19 vaccine

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Oxford University breakthrough on global COVID-19 vaccine https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2020-11-23-oxford-university-breakthrough-global-covid-19-vaccine?hp By University of Oxford- 23rd November 2020 The University of Oxford, in collaboration with AstraZeneca plc, today announces interim trial data from its Phase III trials that show its candidate vaccine, ChAdOx1 nCoV-2019, is effect...
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Nov
20

FMD to be turned off in GB from January 1

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
FMD to be turned off in GB from January 1 No more verification or decommissioning required  By Ailsa Colquhoun November 17th 2020- DDA TAGGED: Community pharmacies using Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) systems should ‘turn off’ FMD equipment after 31 December 2020 – the date on which the UK completes the transition period following its withdrawal from th...
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Nov
19

Chancellor Rishi Sunak's further extension

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed a further extension of the furlough scheme. Here are the key points below: The Job Retention (furlough) Scheme will be extended until the end of March across the UK. It will continue to provide 80% of furloughed employee wages until this date, although the government will review how much it is contributing in January in order to determine if employers...
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Nov
17

Janssen to begin COVID-19 vaccine trials in the UK

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Janssen to begin COVID-19 vaccine trials in the UK- By Gov.uk . Global pharmaceutical company Janssen will begin clinical trials of its potential vaccine in the UK from today (Monday 16 November), involving 6,000 volunteers across the country.  . Click here to read the full source article. ...
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Nov
17

A new vaccine that protects against Covid-19 is nearly 95% effective

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
A new vaccine that protects against Covid-19 is nearly 95% effective, early data from US company Moderna shows- By The BBC  16th Nov 2020 . The results come hot on the heels of similar results from Pfizer, and add to growing confidence that vaccines can help end the pandemic. Both companies used a highly innovative and experimental approach to designing their vaccines. Mod...
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Nov
17

Prescribing, Purchasing and Dispensing Profitability Analysis and Review

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Prescribing, Purchasing and Dispensing Profitability Analysis and Review By Shaun Newman I have worked with many dispensing practices all over the Country, looking to support them with any aspect of their dispensing business that I can. Which regularly involves reviewing their prescribing, purchasing and dispensing with a view to maximising profitability. Click here for full details ...
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Nov
17

BMA confirms COVID vaccination deal will not be a directed enhanced service

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
BMA confirms COVID-19 vaccination deal will not be a directed enhanced service  By Nick Bostock on the 13 November 2020 GP practices will not deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme under a directed enhanced service (DES) agreement as previously expected, the BMA has said. GP leaders have made clear that despite initial discussions on the basis that the deal - which will see ...
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Nov
17

2021 Influenza Vaccine- Members' Offer

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Members' Offer- 2021 Influenza Vaccine Dispex is pleased to announce that a members' only deal on Mylan's 2021 Influenza vaccine is now available- so secure next years' stock today!  Simply, login to the members' area (home page) to view their offer. If your Dispex membership has lapsed or you have ...
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Nov
16

Can PCNs overcome the challenges facing rural primary care?

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Viewpoint: Can PCNs overcome the challenges facing rural primary care? By Dr Manbinder Sidhu on the 16 November 2020-GPOnline GPs in rural settings have faced unique challenges introducing primary care networks. Dr Manbinder Sidhu, Sarah Parkinson and Professor Judith Smith, the authors of a recent study into PCNs, describe some of the issues rural networks face. Since July 2019, almost ...
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Nov
16

Blood glucose monitoring kits -5 FREE kits with order

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
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Nov
16

Hopes rise for first COVID-19 vaccine Nov 2020

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Hopes rise for first COVID-19 vaccine as results show 'more than 90% efficacy' On the 9 November 2020- By MIMS . Researchers from Pfizer and BioNTech have hailed preliminary results from a phase 3 trial of their vaccine candidate as a 'milestone' after it showed more than 90% efficacy in protecting people from coronavirus infection. . A statement on the findings said tha...
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Nov
16

Latest findings from COVID-19 study published

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Latest findings from COVID-19 study published- by Gov.uk Findings from Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI show infections continue to rapidly increase with over 1 in 80 people infected.# Over 160,000 volunteers tested in England for one of the country’s largest COVID-19 studies Study provides a baseline to monitor COVID-19 infections during national lockdown restrictions The...
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Nov
15

Get to grips with practice profitability during COVID-19

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Get to grips with practice profitability during COVID-19 November 13th- By Ailsa Colquhoun, DDA  DDA/Takeda webinar tackles political and financial pressures facing rural GPs  . For the Patient, Good For the NHS & Good For your Dispensing Practice?  .. Among the political issues facing rural general practice is the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccinationin rural ...
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Nov
15

Busy? By PM Polly

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Busy? By PM Polly  By  November 12, 2020 by PM Polly in Funny, GP Practice Management On a Saturday morning, I like to lie in until, oooooh, at least 7.30. I take this time to catch up on ‘life’. By that, I mean scrolling through Facebook, Twitter and TikTok. A bit of escapism. Sadly, as I was scrolling recently, I came across a ...
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Nov
13

Fatal case highlights the dangers of prescribed liquid morphine

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Fatal case highlights the dangers of prescribed liquid morphine  12TH NOVEMBER 2020 BY PIP EDITOR ?  On 13th February 2020, James Edward Thompson Assistant Coroner, for the coroner area of County Durham & Darlington commenced an investigation into the death of Laura Eve Parsons, 36.  ?  The investigation concluded at the end of the inquest on 1st Septembe...
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Nov
13

Bisacodyl/Trifluoperazine supply updates

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Bisacodyl/Trifluoperazine supply updates Supply interruptions until at least late November November 12th 2020 By Ailsa Colquhoun DHSC medicines supply team has published the following medicines supply notices (MSNs): A Tier 2 medicines supply notification update for Bisacodyl 5mg and 10mg suppositories A Tier 2 medicines supply notification for Trifluoperazine 1mg/5ml syrup The t...
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Nov
13

Article Rural Services Network 22.10.20

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
THE MOMENT OF TRUTH FOR RURAL GP SERVICES Article by DDA, published in Rural Services Network . The article, which features in the?October 2020 Rural Services Partnership Spotlight, is entitled ‘The moment of truth for rural GP services’. A core question posed in the article is: how well enabled are rural GP practices to face the challenges ahead?  . A recent report b...
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Nov
13

Flu Season 2021

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Flu Season 2021 By Spot Dispensing . The discounts on flu vaccines for next year have been slashed and there is only one supplier of the vaccine for use in the over 65s. (Adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine - aTIV?)  . BE AWARE that the suppliers calculations of profit per jab are not always correct as they are making an assumption that there is zero clawback on ...
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Nov
13

Monitoring questions for GP practices

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Monitoring questions for GP practices- By CQC During the monitoring call our inspector will focus on these specific key lines of enquiry. You can open the questions to see the type of detail they will be interested in- Click here to read the full source article. ...
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Nov
12

NHSmail live with Microsoft Hybrid service on Office 365

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
NHSmail live with Microsoft Hybrid service on Office 365- By NHS Digital  NHSmail, jointly with their partners at Microsoft and Accenture, have delivered a standard Microsoft Hybrid implementation of Office 365 (O365) to the NHSmail platform. Click here for further details on the service. For NHS Scotland please click here ...
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Nov
12

2021 Influenza Vaccine- secure next years' stock today!

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Members' Offer- 2021 Influenza Vaccine Dispex is pleased to announce that a members' only deal on Mylan's 2021 Influenza vaccine is now available- so secure next years' stock today!  Simply, login to the members' area (home page) to view their offer. If your Dispex membership has lapsed or you have...
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Nov
11

Some practices created 'barrier to access' in pandemic, says NHS chief

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Some practices created 'barrier to access' in pandemic, says NHS chief By Luke Haynes on the 11 November 2020 Some practices have created a 'barrier to access' by failing to communicate clearly to patients how services are operating during the pandemic, the NHS chief executive has said. In comments that echo earlier statements from NHS England that provoked an angry respo...
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Nov
10

GlucoZen- 5 free monitoring kits with order-limited offer

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
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Nov
10

Dosette boxes or compliance aids in DDs & pharmacy

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Dosette boxes Or Compliance Aids in Community Pharmacy and Dispensing Practice By Nigel Morley -NVM Holdings Dosette boxes are very commonly used in community pharmacies and dispensing practices. They are also known as monitored dosage system (MDS) is a plastic box designed to organise and aid administration of patient’s medication. A dosette box is composed of small sealable compa...
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Nov
10

Hopes rise for first COVID-19 vaccine

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Hopes rise for first COVID-19 vaccine as results show 'more than 90% efficacy' On the 9 November 2020- By MIMS . Researchers from Pfizer and BioNTech have hailed preliminary results from a phase 3 trial of their vaccine candidate as a 'milestone' after it showed more than 90% efficacy in protecting people from coronavirus infection. . A statement on the findings said tha...
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Nov
10

Patient preference in the age of digital diagnosis

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Patient preference in the age of digital diagnosis By Gary Paragpuri, CEO, Hub & Spoke Innovations In the world of retail, the accepted mantra is that the customer is always right. When it comes to health, for obvious reasons, things are not necessarily the same. . Here, the balance is tipped in favour of trained and experienced healthcare profess- ionals who are rightly trusted t...
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Nov
10

GPs forced to cover non-clinical staff as illness and fatigue hit workforce

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
GPs forced to cover non-clinical staff as illness and fatigue hit workforce  . By Luke Haynes on the 2 November 2020  . GPs have been forced to cover for practice managers and other non-clinical staff as absences add to growing workload challenges facing surgeries in the second coronavirus wave. . More than half of GPs responding to a recent BMA poll reported non-clinical staf...
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Nov
10

Tapping into the hidden talents of your team

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Tapping into the hidden talents of your team  November 5, 2020 by Practice Index   For the multi-faceted, multi-tasking, multi-skilled practice manager, life as a practice manager is something of a rollercoaster ride. One minute you’ll be dealing with the finances, the next preparing for the latest round of appraisals or getting your team ready for the nex...
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Nov
9

Blood glucose monitoring systems November offer

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
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Nov
9

Prescribed eye drops for less

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Prescribed eye drops for less VISUfarma will reward your loyalty with monthly discount thresholds-  Click here to view the offering  To find out more contact your local VISUfarma representative or email  info@VISUfarma.com or visit their webiste here . ...
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Nov
9

People most at risk from flu are also most vulnerable to COVID-19

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
People most at risk from flu are also most vulnerable to COVID-19 By Public Health England The latest edition of Health Matters looks at the challenges of delivering the largest flu immunisation programme to date whilst COVID-19 circulates. The publications spans important aspects of the impact of flu, changes to the flu  programme, offers calls to actions for those workin...
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Nov
9

A suite of resources on flu and COVID-19

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
A suite of resources on flu and COVID-19- By Public Health England Health Matters is more than a page on GOV. Each edition involves a suite of resources and content, including our leading infographics and videos. All of our materials are optimised for use in presentations and online, and you can access and download the content here. ...
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Nov
9

Covid swab testing available to general practice-Nov

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Covid swab testing available to general practice - By Gov.uk NHS Test and Trace is making Covid swab testing available to general practices in England. The service will be available to all practices on a voluntary, opt in basis and swabs are intended to be self-administered. This will be a supplementary option for practices and does not replace any of the existing routes t...
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Nov
9

Phone and face to face now the practice way

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Phone and face to face now the practice way  November 2, 2020?by?GP Practice News?in?GP Practice Management,?News  . GPs and their staff achieved a huge increase in face to face appointments last month – whilst also increasing the use of telephone, according to new data.  . GP leaders welcomed the data as giving the lie to claims that practices have been exces...
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Nov
9

PFIZER AND BIONTECH ANNOUNCE VACCINE CANDIDATE

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
PFIZER AND BIONTECH ANNOUNCE VACCINE CANDIDATE AGAINST COVID-19 ACHIEVED SUCCESS IN FIRST INTERIM ANALYSIS FROM PHASE 3 STUDY Monday, November 09, 2020 - 06:45am- https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-announce-vaccine-candidate-against Vaccine candidate was found to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in participants with...
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Nov
6

Members' Offer- 2021 Influenza Vaccine

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Members' Offer- 2021 Influenza Vaccine Dispex is pleased to announce that a members' only deal on Mylan's 2021 Influenza vaccine is now available- so secure next years' stock today!  Simply, login to the members' area (home page) to view their offer. If your Dispex membership has lapsed or you have mislaid...
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Nov
6

GlucoZen - November offer

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
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Nov
4

November Gazette

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Welcome to the November Gazette Click here to download this months' edition  Highlights include: Breaking News Updates  . Boris Johnson's lockdown statement -  page 3 .  Furlough Scheme Extended - page 4 . Temporary approval to suspend the need for patients to sign prescription,   dental and ophthalmic forms for a ...
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Nov
3

Save £50 on SPOT Dispensing

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
    Members Save £50 on SPOT Dispensing (valid for one year) SPOT Dispensing provides access to a preferred provider who has access to an extensive Generics and Parallel Import range. Their Generic informatic tables provide a searchable way to find generics which cost more than the drug tariff minus the clawback. -&nbs...
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Nov
2

BREAKING NEWS- PMs statement on coronavirus

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
BREAKING NEWS Prime Minister's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 31 October 2020- By Gov.uk- Boris Johnson "From Thursday until the start of December, you must stay at home. You may only leave home for specific reasons, including: For education; For work, say if you cannot work from home; For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household or on your own with on...
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Nov
2

Furlough Scheme Extended-November 2020

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced Published 31 October 2020 From: HM Treasury and The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP . The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked and further economic support announced. People and businesses across the UK are be...
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