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Pharmacy staff who have died during COVID-19 pandemic to be remembered during minute's silence


I am so saddened to read of the loss of life of pharmacy colleagues. But, with every life lost I am incandescent that NHS-England and Keith Ridge the Chief Pharmacist still continue to insist that Community Pharmacy teams don't need PPE because we can maintain social distance in community pharmacy. Anyone who has the least experience of working in community pharmacy knows it is an intimate environment with close contact with patients and the public and between members of the pharmacy team. Are these people so divorced from the reality of community pharmacy practice they can't recognise the reality? Or are they unprepared to acknowledge this "inconvenient truth" for political reasons because it disturbs their narrative that community pharmacy simply "doles out tablets" and adds no value to healthcare. Ridge et al need to be challenged on what evidence supports their stance? How many more community pharmacy lives will be scarified unless we "speak truth to power"

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28 APR 2020

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