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05/10/2015 - RPS welcomes plans for 7 day access to GP surgeries 

Commenting on the Government’s plans to offer GPs in England a voluntary contract to.....more 

30/09/2015 - Royal College of GPs backs pharmacist access to full patient record 

Commenting on the RPS campaign launched today to allow pharmacists read and write access.....more 

30/09/2015 - RPS calls for read write access to full patient record 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is today (September 30) launching a campaign for.....more 

30/09/2015 - Pharmacist access to patient records 'only logical' says Diabetes UK 

Commenting on the RPS call for pharmacists to have read and write access to patient health.....more 

23/09/2015 - Bristol MP visits two I Love My Pharmacist finalists 

Charlotte Leslie, MP for Bristol North West has been to visit two of our I Love My Pharmacist.....more 

18/09/2015 - Chancellor George Osborne visits I Love My Pharmacist finalist 

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, visited pharmacist Mahraz Nickkho-Amiry today.....more 

11/09/2015 - RPS hosts debate on legal status of cannabis 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) will host a debate on whether the legal status of.....more 

07/09/2015 - RPS in Scotland launches Scottish Political Monitor 

As Scottish Parliament has returned from recess, RPS in Scotland has decided to launch.....more 

07/09/2015 - Why we are consulting on closer working between pharmacists and general practice 

The RPS and the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) are consulting with stakeholders.....more 

04/09/2015 - RPS English Board rejects proposals to cut public health funding 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Board is strongly opposed to the Government’s.....more 

03/09/2015 - Scottish Parliament debate welcomes pharmacists working with GP practices 

Following the announcement of the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2015-16,.....more 

01/09/2015 - RPS endorses NHS England guidance around urgent and emergency care 

Commenting on the guidance published today by NHS England- Transforming.....more 

01/09/2015 - RPS in Scotland responds to Programme for Government 2015-16 

Today (1 September 2015) the Scottish Government announced its.....more 

28/08/2015 - RPS and the government's first 100 days 

With the new government recently marking its first 100 days.....more 

20/08/2015 - Scottish pharmacy bodies provide united response to Out of Hours Review  

Three pharmacy bodies in Scotland have come together to produce a.....more 

03/08/2015 - RPS Public Affairs team helps member with their own MP visit 

RPS member Evelyne Beech, Gloucestershire LPC, arranged with her local MP Alex Chalk (Conservatives,.....more 

31/07/2015 - Whitworths Chemist in Murton hosts visit from Grahame Morris MP  

The Public Affairs team went north to County Durham to see a newly re-opened village pharmacy.....more 

22/07/2015 - NHS England commission a new national flu vaccination scheme 

The announcement that NHS England will be commissioning flu vaccinations from community pharmacies.....more 

16/07/2015 - Haxby Group of GP practices make the case for practice pharmacists 

Back in 2012 before Shaping Pharmacy for the Future had even been published, the Haxby Group.....more 

03/07/2015 - Kate Osamor MP tours award winning pharmacy in Edmonton 

For the first of the July visits, RPS took new MP Kate Osamor (Labour, Edmonton) to visit.....more 

02/07/2015 - RPS in Scotland wants to hear your views on palliative care 

The Scottish Parliament's Health & Sport Committee has issued a call for evidence.....more 

30/06/2015 - New EU logo to help patients avoid online sellers of fake medicines 

From 1 July, all online pharmacies or retailers of medicines legally operating in the.....more 

23/06/2015 - All Party Pharmacy Group Chair, Sir Kevin Barron, comments on SCR roll out 

The Rt Hon Sir Kevin Barron MP, who was Chair of the All-Party Pharmacy Group in the last.....more 

19/06/2015 - Royal Society for Public Health endorses pharmacy's role in reducing GP pressure 

In response to Jeremy Hunt’s speech today on the ‘GP’s new deal’,.....more 

12/06/2015 - Suella Fernandes MP visits Everetts pharmacy in Titchfield  

For the second visit of the new Parliament, the RPS Public Affairs team showed a new Member.....more 

05/06/2015 - New wave of pharmacy visits begins - Rebecca Harris MP in Hadleigh, Essex 

The Public affairs team began a new wave of pharmacy visits in June for both new MPs and.....more 

18/05/2015 - Ministerial appointments and responsibilities following the election 

Last week Jeremy Hunt was reappointed as Secretary of State for Health to continue his.....more 

14/05/2015 - Pharmacy visits over the General Election a considerable success 

The Public Affairs team sought out 29 key candidates at the election and the key candidates.....more 

07/05/2015 - RPS in Scotland responds to Scottish Government's proposed Public Health Bill  

Earlier this week the Scottish Government announced key provisions that will.....more 

01/05/2015 - "RPS ups political ante in final pre-election week" 

Credit to original article published in C+D on 01/05/2015, by Beth Kennedy. .....more 

21/04/2015 - RPS Wales manifesto to champion a greater role for pharmacists in Wales 

In May 2016 the people of Wales will cast their votes in the fifth Welsh election since the.....more 

15/04/2015 - Help promote pharmacy in the general election debate 

In the run up to the general election this May, it’s important that pharmacy and the.....more 

14/04/2015 - Professor Rose Marie Parr FFRPS becomes Scotland's Chief Pharmaceutical Officer 

The Scottish Government has announced that Professor Rose Marie Parr FFRPS is to be the new.....more 

01/04/2015 - Prescription charges rise in England 

Responding to the increase in charges to £8.20 in England on April 1st 2015, David.....more 

01/04/2015 - MPs call for the NMS to be extended, and particularly to include antidepressants 

The All-Party Pharmacy Group, which RPS supports, recently held a roundtable discussion in.....more 

25/03/2015 - MPs respond to rebalancing consultation 

The All Party Pharmacy Group (APPG), which RPS helps support, has formally replied to the.....more 

25/03/2015 - Seven Day Services: Health & Sport Committee hears RPS Scotland's views 

RPS Scotland attended parliament on the 17th of March, where we had been.....more 

25/03/2015 - Political monitoring reports 

The RPS Public Affairs team produces weekly digests of healthcare policy developments in.....more 

24/03/2015 - Missed our events on dispensing error proposals? Catch up with our webinar 

We’ve held four face-to-face events and a webinar to help gather your views on the.....more 

19/03/2015 - RPS responds to Scottish Government public health review 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has now published its response.....more 

17/03/2015 - Pharmacists set to work in GP surgeries in radical move to ease pressures on GPs 

Radical proposals calling for pharmacists to work in GP surgeries will be unveiled at.....more 

11/03/2015 - Call for impact assessment on potential closure of Essential Small Pharmacies  

Responding to news about the potential closure of Essential Small Pharmacies.....more 

09/03/2015 - MPs support national 'flu service and greater public health role for pharmacy 

A group of MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum says the next government should.....more 

09/03/2015 - MPs want NMS and MURs expansion by 2016 

A group of MPs and Peers from across the.....more 

09/03/2015 - MPs call for action on medicines shortages 

A group of MPs and Peers from across the.....more 

06/03/2015 - RPS signs letter opposing the Saatchi Bill 

The RPS is a signatory to a letter published in today's .....more 

05/03/2015 - BBC pre-election health debate: join the audience! 

The BBC is looking for pharmacists to join the audience for a pre-election debate on the.....more 

03/03/2015 - Pharmacy MPs discuss prescription direction with NHS England 

On 26 February 2015, the APPG held a private meeting in the House of Commons with officials.....more 

02/03/2015 - The All Party Pharmacy Group discusses mental health care 

The purpose of the discussion was to gain an understanding of the gaps in care provision,.....more 

27/02/2015 - Member briefing on Rebalancing consultation 

The threat of criminal prosecution for dispensing errors has long been.....more 

24/02/2015 - Register now to have your say on dispensing error proposals 

We’re holding a series of four events across the country in conjunction with General.....more 

23/02/2015 - RPS to give evidence to Health & Sport Committee on seven day working 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has been invited to give evidence to the Health.....more 

20/02/2015 - Medical exemption fines unfair says RPS 

Media reports today have highlighted that the NHS.....more 

12/02/2015 - Progress on dispensing error issue announced 

The Government has today proposed changes to address 'imbalances' between legislation and.....more 

10/02/2015 - Antimicrobial resistance debated in the Scottish Parliament 

On Thursday 5 February 2015 the Scottish Parliament debated the.....more 

29/01/2015 - RPS highlights need for New Medicines Service to cover more conditions 

Chair of the English Pharmacy Board David Branford has called for the New Medicine Service.....more 

27/01/2015 - Labour release their 10-year plan for the NHS 

Today the Labour Party announced their 10-year plan for.....more 

22/01/2015 - Calling all politicos! 

Are you running for election to Parliament in May? Are you a local councillor? Perhaps you.....more 

21/01/2015 - HEE to pilot pharmacists in A&E 

NHS England announced at their December Board meeting that Health Education England (HEE).....more 

21/01/2015 - RPS responds to wilful neglect/ill-treatment and duty of candour consultations 

The Scottish Pharmacy Board (SPB) has now responded to the two Scottish Government consultations.....more 

20/01/2015 - RPS calls for Scottish Government action on e-cigarettes in public spaces 

The Scottish Pharmacy Board (SPB) of the RPS has now published its.....more 

19/01/2015 - Assisted Dying Bill debated in the House of Lords 

The Assisted Dying Bill has been debated for a second day at committee stage in the House.....more 

09/01/2015 - NHS England pharmacy campaign extended 

NHS England have announced that a second wave of the .....more