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Michael Holden


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  • Unity of the profession and integration into health systemsSubscription

    11 MAY 2016

    One key challenge that the profession — and hence the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) — has is its lack of unity, real or perceived. Yes, it has multi-sector representation, all of which will have different perspectives but, surely, we all work towards the same ending: the provision of high quality pharmaceutical care. This lack of unity wastes time, energy, focus and opportunity, and is often used against the profession to divide and rule. We must put behind us the often misinforme

  • Critical factors for pharmacy to survive reforms and funding cutsSubscription

    19 APR 2016

    Recent headlines have all been about the funding cuts for community pharmacy, which I have commented on previously (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2016;296:39), but the planned reforms go much deeper. The intention is to look at access with potential changes in the number and distribution of pharmacies; further integration into the NHS, with

  • A collaborative approach will make pharmacy strongerSubscription

    10 APR 2015

    I welcome and support the recent announcement that the Independent Pharmacy Federation (IPF) and the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) are to merge to create a single representative and support organisation under the NPA banner. This has long been an ambition and it is good news for the sector. This will provide a single voice for the owners of independent pharmacies (in England through the channel of Pharmacy Voice) and will ensure that there is a much needed clarity of purpose and functio

  • Working in GP practices: let’s get this rightSubscription

    28 APR 2015Comments (2)

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