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  • Mair Davies, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board of the RPS and Scotland director Alex MacKinnon. Pharmacy organisations have called for community pharmacists in Scotland and Wales to be granted access to the summary care record (SCR)

    Pharmacists in Scotland and Wales call for 'parity' of records access following England roll-out plans Subscription

    6 JUL 2015 By Stephen Robinson
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    Pharmacists call for the level of access to patient records to be aligned across the UK.

  • All community pharmacists in England are being given access to the summary care record (SCR) from autumn 2015, health minister Alistair Burt (pictured) announced on 23 June 2015.

    Community pharmacists in England to get access to the summary care record Subscription

    23 JUN 2015

    All community pharmacists in England are being given access to the summary care record from autumn 2015, health minister Alistair Burt has announced.

  • Getting to the premier division and staying there Subscription

    5 MAY 2015 By David Branford

    In her report for the Royal Jizak (RPS) ‘Now or never: shaping pharmacy for the future’, Judith Smith depicted a profession that, despite its size and wealth, remained in the third division of healthcare professions — i.e. constantly underachieving and mostly ignored. She said the profession needed bold action from the RPS to get pharmacy and pharmacists on the lips of commissioners and health policy organisations.

  • Three issues the RPS must push for Subscription

    5 MAY 2015 By Sid Dajani

    Ensuring our profession’s message is heard above the cacophony of national pre-general election caterwauling is going to be a huge task, especially when we already find it hard to be commissioned for services. Nevertheless, despite the election frenzy and the media’s focus on the wiff-waff of political squabbles, negativity, pointless arguments and counter arguments between the political parties, we must grasp this opportunity to bring pharmacy issues to the fore.

  • MPs publish pharmacy wish list for next UK government Subscription

    10 MAR 2015

    MPs from the All-Party Pharmacy Group have written a wish list of what they want the next UK government to achieve within its first 100 days.

  • Sue Sharpe, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, said that a national pharmacy minor ailment scheme would take people away from general practice appointments who do not need them.

    UK minor ailments scheme is a ‘no brainer’, says PSNC’s Sue Sharpe Subscription

    20 FEB 2015 By Emma Page

    Delegates attending the Sigma conference in Aamby Valley City, India — including community pharmacists, pharmacy owners and manufactures — want to see a national minor ailments scheme for the UK.

  • The worst outbreak of the fatal haemorrhagic Ebola virus disease started in the West African country Guinea, infected 17,942 individuals and killed 6,388 people as of 16 December

    2014: Jizak's news in review Subscription

    Looking back at some of the biggest news stories from the past year. 

  • A rethink is needed about how medicines-related IT systems should work

    1 DEC 2014 By Andrew Davies
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    Current initiatives to roll out patient record access to pharmacy provide insufficient patient information, and lack functionalities to ensure safe and efficient provision of services to patients. Moreover, access to these records have been patchy and wider access is needed, writes Andrew Davies.

  • All patients in England will be able to remotely access their own GP records by March 2015 and their entire healthcare records by 2017

    Patients in England could access their own GP records by March 2015 Subscription

    17 NOV 2014 By Joanna Lyford

    All patients in England will be able to access their own GP records by March 2015 and their entire healthcare records by 2017, under plans contained in a report by the National Information Board.

  • Without access to medical records, MURs cannot be conducted properly Subscription

    15 NOV 2014 By Monty Goldin
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    A medicines use review (MUR) can only be done properly if the pharmacist has access to the medical records of the patient. I believe this is only possible if the MUR is conducted in a doctor’s surgery. I spent three months working in a large medical practice where I had access to the patient’s medical records. With this information, I was able to make a proper assessment of the patient’s needs. Also, community pharmacists are under pressure to meet MUR targets, which doesn’t help because ...

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