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Community Pharmacy

  • Knights Pharmacy acquires 20 branch multiple “Pearn’s Pharmacy” – PDA can support members when their employer changes

    Mon 6th September 2021 PDA Union

    Pearn’s Pharmacies, located in South Wales has been sold to Knights Pharmacy, creating a 90+ pharmacy multiple chain. As an independent trade union, the PDA can provide support and guidance for members at what can be a worrying time. 

  • Community pharmacists acting together to improve pay

    Mon 23rd August 2021 PDA Union

    For years, rates of pay for community pharmacists have been reducing in real terms, but by joining together to act collectively pharmacists now can take action through their independent trade union. This article outlines key outcomes secured by community pharmacists in recent years acting as a trade union and some of the additional options for action they now have available. 

  • PDA write to new Secretary of State for Health & Social Care

    Tue 29th June 2021 The PDA

    Sajid Javid MP has been appointed Health and Social Care Secretary in the Westminster government. PDA Chairman, Mark Koziol, has written to the Secretary of State outlining some of the key issues relating to pharmacists that require his attention. 

  • Stop “Fire and rehire”

    Wed 16th June 2021 The PDA

    The PDA support a private member’s bill which has its first reading in Parliament today and hopes to outlaw the practice of “Fire and rehire” which is increasingly being used by employers to cut employee benefits. 

  • Help raise the profile of community pharmacy funding in England

    Fri 11th June 2021 The PDA

    The PDA support the 38 Degrees petition, created by the NPA, that calls on the Westminster government to recompense pharmacies for the extra costs they have incurred by staying open to provide health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The petition now has almost 100,000 signatures, but needs more to make sure politicians and the general public know about this issue. 

  • Employers’ report into pharmacy workforce challenges does not address their basic responsibilities

    Fri 4th June 2021 The PDA

    A disappointing report from the three major community pharmacy employer bodies ends with nine recommendations for others to act, but fails to include a single commitment about what the employers will do. 

  • PDA statement regarding pharmacist vaccination sessions in Glasgow and Greater Clyde

    Mon 17th May 2021 The PDA

    There have been reports of anomalies in the booking system for Covid-19 vaccination sessions in the Glasgow and Greater Clyde health board area, and allegations that some pharmacists may have used technology to secure multiple shifts ahead of others. 

  • Midcounties sell branches: PDA can support members when their employer changes

    Thu 29th April 2021 PDA Union

    Though a number of community pharmacies are closing, others are still being bought and sold which often means pharmacists may find they have a new employer. As an independent trade union, the PDA can provide support and guidance for members at what can be a worrying time. 

  • PDA calls for an end to violence in pharmacy

    Wed 28th April 2021 The PDA

    As today marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work and International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD), the PDA is highlighting their longstanding campaign to end violence in pharmacies by reiterating calls for the whole sector to take proactive measures to reduce the risk of abuse and violence in the workplace. 

  • PDAU announce union network at Lloyds Pharmacy

    Mon 26th April 2021 PDA Union

    The PDA Union has announced the initial network of union representatives under the recognition agreement with Lloyds Pharmacy 

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