NPA Coverage in the media 2021

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The NPA’s press office helps to safeguard the interests of the community pharmacy sector in the media and ensures the voice of NPA members’ is well represented. The press office writes regular columns for the pharmacy trade press and often organizes NPA spokespeople to be interviewed on national and regional media to talk about the issues which matter most to pharmacists and patients. We also advise NPA members about handling local media interest in their pharmacy – whether it’s bad news or good news.

Below is a list of some media coverage in which the NPA has appeared in.

Summary 2021:

31 December

BBC Breakfast. Andrew Lane on LFT supplies.

30 November 2021

Sky News: Andrew Lane Interview

14 January 2021

BBC News: Andrew Lane Interview

Media Coverage 2021:

December 31

BBC Breakfast. Andrew Lane

Evening Standard. Pharmacists ‘abused’ by people unable to get Covid tests

December 29

Covid test shortages persist as UK case numbers soar to new record

28 December

Pharmacies step up fight to offer more coronavirus jabs for booster programme

22 December

P3. PCNs and CCGs must consider impact of new roles, says NPA

21 December

C&D. Brexit: NPA ‘encouraged’ by EU’s proposals on Northern Ireland medicines availability

17 December

ICP. Pharmacies call on public to respect mask rules

13 December

C&D. ‘Pharmacy has a can-do record and should be bold with its clinical offering’

10 December

Pharmacy Magazine. A message to pharmacists from the Prince of Wales

2 December

ITV News. COVID-19 booster programme: Volunteers urged to come forward to help vaccination effort

Pharmacy Business. High level discussion takes place on community pharmacy workforce crisis

1 December

Guardian. COVID-19 vaccine boosters in England: what has changed?

30 November

FT. Boris Johnson pledges COVID-19 booster jabs for all adults by end of January

28 November

Mirror. Chemists could hold key to slashing NHS waiting lists, says pharmacists’ leader

25 November

P3. Javid wants more patients to go ‘directly to pharmacies’

18 November

ICP. NPA lends support to national COPD action plan

10 November

Pharmacy Business. Pharmacy minister Maria Caulfield gets flu jab at S G Barai Pharmacy in Sutton

1 November

C&D. Public wants pharmacies to play greater role in mental health and in care homes, NPA finds

29 October

Pharmacy Magazine. Pharmacies need to raise awareness of NHS services

28 October

ICP. Budget 2021: Minimum wage increase threatens England’s pharmacies

26 October

C&D. Pharmacies in England smash 2020/21 flu vaccination record in under two months

25 October

PJ. Number of pharmacy-led vaccination sites offering COVID-19 booster jabs set to rise to 1,300

22 October

Daily Telegraph. Hundreds more pharmacies set to deliver Covid vaccine booster jabs

C&D. NPA fears multiples could ‘outvote’ independents in pharmacy representation review

21 October

Pharmacy Business. Robin Swann praises community pharmacy at NPA event

20 October

Pharmacy Business. Healthcare sector calls for self care plan with community pharmacy in central role

19 October

C&D. NPA chief: Solve Northern Ireland medicine Brexit issue or face ‘horrific consequences’

15 October

Pharmacy Business. NPA pleased doctors will get CPCS incentive

14 October

Daily Mail. Pharmacists to get more power: Chemists will prescribe extra drugs and treat wider range of illnesses under plan to free up GPs for face-to-face appointments

13 October

C&D. ‘I’ve done my bit’: Sajid Javid receives flu jab at London pharmacy

5 October

Pharmacy Business. Pharmacy bodies collaborate to form group to optimise patient safety

2 October

Daily Express. UK medicine supply fears: Pharmacy shortages possible ‘in days’

29 September

Pharmacy Business. Fuel shortage raises concerns over continuance of health services, medicine deliveries

27 September

Pharmacy Magazine. Report calls for collaboration within new care structures

26 September

Guardian. UK pharmacies in dark about ministers’ plan to maintain drug supplies

24 September

ICP. Hub-and-spoke…questions, questions and more questions—questions-questions-and-more-questions

22 September

ICP. Ridge review finds 10pc of all prescribed medicines unnecessary

31 August

The Pharmacist. CMA must investigate hub and spoke dispensing to ensure ‘level playing field’, says NPA

23 August

Pharmacy Business. Pharmacy funding for 2021/22 remains unchanged at £2.59bn; stakeholders disappointed

15 August

Pharmacies to take central role in UK autumn vaccine boosters

6 August

Pharmacy Magazine.  Opinion: Time to take integration seriously

5 August

P3. Pharmacies rated most essential service in new poll

2 August

Daily Mail. Britain’s Covid booster vaccine drive will begin next month: ALL over-50s to receive third dose – and they may get it alongside their annual flu jab

LBC. Olivier Picard on the Shelagh Fogarty Show.

Interview starts at 1 hour, 11 mins into show.

1 August

Daily Telegraph. Vaccine booster shots for 32m to begin next month

30 July

The Mirror. Overwhelming public support for having a Covid-19 booster jab at local pharmacy

21 July

In Your Area. Pharmacists’ race against time for mental health charity

20 July

ICP. NHSE: Pharmacy must speak ‘as one’ to gain power

14 July

C&D. NI pharmacies hit 100k COVID jabs as NPA calls for Brexit meds deal

8 July

The Pharmacist. Post-Brexit deal on medicines into Northern Ireland ‘urgently’ needed to avoid shortages, NPA warns

6 July

The Pharmacist. Mask wearing should continue in pharmacies, bodies urge

5 July

C&D. NPA celebrates centenary with 100 cheers for pharmacy

C&D. Jo Churchill: DH committed to Matt Hancock’s vision for pharmacy

27 June

Pharmacy Magazine. Javid urged to support pharmacy

17 June

The Pharmacist. Pharmacists could give health MOTs alongside vaccinations, NHS says

11 June

Pharmacy Magazine. Opinion: Pharmacy still a fantastic career option

Pharmacy Business. PDA backs NPA campaign to save pharmacies

3 June

Pharmacy Magazine. Pay concerns ‘driving retention issues in pharmacy’

1 June

ICP. A prescription for progress

19 May

Daily ExpressBoris Johnson under fire over pharmacy Covid debt crisis – ‘Keep your promise!’ – Research by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) found 72 percent of community pharmacies are on track to be in debt by 2024. The NPA is urging Mr Johnson to wave debt on the £370 million in loans the industry received during the Covid-19 pandemic. To highlight its concern the association sent campaign vans to Westminster and Uxbridge, the Prime Minister’s west London constituency.

C+DNPA drives campaign van to Parliament urging COVID costs to be covered – C+D joined the NPA as it drove a van from Boris Johnson’s London constituency to Westminster campaigning for the government to cover pharmacy’s COVID-related costs.

14 May

ICP. NPA launches mental health initiative to mark centenary

11 May

Pharmacy Business. Pharma bodies give mixed response to Queen’s Speech

10 May

C&D. Is this how we make hub-and-spoke work for all independent pharmacies?

4 May

Pharmacy Business. NPA at 100: Reflecting on a century of changes in community pharmacy

Kent Online. Role of community pharmacy constantly changing says Amish Patel who runs Hodgson Pharmacy in Longfield

Pharmacy Business. London mayor Sadiq Khan is ‘in awe of community pharmacy’

C&D. MP and NPA urge NHS to allow pharmacy provision of HIV drug PrEP

29 April

Pharmacy Business. Natural justice demands repayment of Covid costs, says NPA as annual contract negotiations begin

22 April

Wales Online. Inside a community pharmacy as they join the Covid-19 vaccine effort

15 April

Pharmacy Business. NPA completes 100 years; plans various events to celebrate its centenary

14 April

Herts Advertiser. St Albans-based pharmacy association celebrates centenary

31 March

Pharmacy Magazine. NPA funding petition nears 90k signatures after protests

Daily Express. Camilla puts hands together for unsung pharmacy heroes

27 March

Bucks Free Press – ‘A tough year battling the coronavirus – pharmacist teams are weary but proud’—pharmacist-teams-weary-proud/

26 March

ICP. Over 90% of pharmacists want to lead on yearly Covid jabs

20 March

Suffolk News. Bury St Edmunds pharmacists demand action over ‘lack of support’ during coronavirus pandemic

16 March

Pharmacy Business. Covid-19: A view from the community pharmacy frontline, one year on

12 March

The Mirror. Pharmacists ramp up pressure on Rishi Sunak and top Tories to cover Covid costs

Sky News. The simple hand signal that lets people know you’re in danger – and other ways to ask for help

9 March

Pharmacy Business. NPA members take funding campaign to ministers’ own backyards; MPs debate pharmacy in Commons

8 March

Pharmacy Business. NPA pharmacy jobs scheme reaches 100 milestone

3 March

ICP. Pharmacy leaders condemn ‘exasperating’ Sunak budget

BBC. Contraception: Should the pill be sold over the counter?

Pharmacy Magazine. NPA deal with Medicspot enables pharmacies to sell Covid-19 PCR tests

1 March

C&D. NPA chair: It’s time for DH to make good on pharmacy funding promises

17 February

Pharmacy Business. NHS lowers minimum threshold to 400 jabs a week for pharmacy-led vaccination sites

16 February

C&D. GPhC changes position on sale of COVID-19 rapid antibody tests

10 February

The Guardian. Pharmacists in England considering strike action over Covid debts

5 February

The Independent. On the vaccination frontline: ‘A bike shop owner said we could use half of his store for free’

4 February

ICP. PHE pulls guidance advising against Covid testing in pharmacies

29 January

Pharmacy ‘first ports of call’ are disappearing in struggling communities

28 January

Pharmacy Business. More pharmacies join network of over 1,400 vaccination sites

21 January

ICP. Another 65 pharmacies begin Covid vaccinations

20 January

The Independent: On the vaccination front line: pharmacists feel close to our patients – we’re honoured to be involved in jabs

14 January

BBC News: Andrew Lane interview

BBC: Covid-19: High Street chemists start vaccinations in England

Independent: Codeword scheme in pharmacies to give domestic abuse victims ‘lifeline’

Eastern Eye: Let local pharmacists help with vaccinations

13 January

ICP. NPA and RPS celebrate milestone anniversaries

8 January

Pharmacy Magazine. Vulnerable communities will get vaccine says minister

BBC News: NPA Chair, Andrew Lane discusses COVID vaccinations.

7 January

NPA took part in important, can-do meeting with Kemi Badenoch, Jo Churchill and Nadhim Zahawi.

5 January

FT: Frontline UK teams query ability to vaccinate most vulnerable