PSNC in the media: promoting pharmacy to others

Published on: 16th March 2022 | Updated on: 16th March 2022

An important goal for PSNC is to ensure that the voice of community pharmacy is heard at all levels. This includes working to gain positive national press coverage and supporting England’s Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) to achieve similar positive media coverage locally.

Pharmacy in the press

The following is a list of recent articles in which PSNC contributed to or is directly mentioned in.

Evening Standard (28th February): Reported on PSNC’s estimate that 40 million more GP appointments could be transferred to pharmacies every year if patients with minor conditions were to use them for advice and treatment rather than their GP.

The Telegraph (28th February): Reported on the benefits to the NHS of patients making greater use of high-street pharmacies for treating minor ailments.

Yahoo (28th February): Commented on PSNC’s estimate that community pharmacies could save the NHS in England up to £640 million a year if more patients used them instead of GPs

Express (5th January): Reported on pharmacists’ frustration concerning the shortages of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits. The article quoted PSNC as saying that pharmacies were getting as much stock as possible as well as our ask that the public avoids taking their frustration out on pharmacy teams.

iNews (5th January): Quoted PSNC’s Director of NHS Services, Alastair Buxton, as saying that the ongoing reliance on LFD tests continued to put pressure on supplies through pharmacies.

The Guardian (3rd January): Reported on an update from PSNC confirming that 2.5 million LFD tests had been delivered to Alliance Healthcare on 24th December and that more stock was ready to be delivered to pharmacies on December 29th, after Alliance Healthcare had reopened after is planned Christmas break. This story was also covered in The Telegraph and the Evening Standard.

Daily Mail (4th January): Reported on the unfair and aggressive treatment of community pharmacy teams by some patients as a consequence of continuing shortages of COVID-19 LFD tests.

Make sure to check back on this page regularly for updates about PSNC’s media work.

For more information on this topic please email commsteam@psnc.org.uk

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