NPA Coverage in the media 2022

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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.

In the media

There were more than 700 items of NPA media coverage in 2022, including more than 100 in national newspapers, TV and radio.

Summary 2022:

12 December

Sky News. Reena Barai

11 December

  1. UK pharmacies say they are being forced to dispense Strep A antibiotics at a loss

10 December

Radio 4. Today (Nick Kaye, starts at 1hr, 45 mins)

6 December

Sky News. Nick Kaye

28 November

Daily Mail. Pharmacies are LOSING money on drugs issued on NHS prescriptions putting thousands of community pharmacies under threat

17 November

Metro. How to look after your health in the months ahead

15 November

Mail Online. Unwanted prescription: They’re a vital community lifeline for the vulnerable and elderly – but a THIRD of independent chemists are at risk of closing within two years

5 October

Daily Telegraph. Why your local pharmacy is on life support

12 August

GB News – Olivier Picard on medicines shortages

17 June

ITV News – Amish Patel on hay fever

15 June

BBC News. Nick Kaye on cancer referrals

9 May

BBC. The One Show.

29 April

BBC News. Reena Barai on HRT shortages

BBC News. Reena Barai on HRT shortages22 January

BBC Breakfast. Reena Barai talks about weight management and pharmacies.

2 January

GB News. Olivier Picard on Covid testing.


Media Coverage 2022:

23 December

Daily Telegraph. Pharmacies system in danger of collapse, Steve Barclay warned

16 December

The Pharmacist. NPA calls for medicines supply taskforce amid antibiotics supply issues

13 December

The Guardian. ‘Like a horrific board game’: 33 hours inside an NHS in crisis

8 December

Pharmacy Business. Integrated Care Systems an opportunity to ‘pull all systems together’, NPA tells MPs

6 December

C&D. The absurdity of dispensing at a loss – enough is enough–enough-is-enough

5 December

The Pharmacist. Pharmacy capacity no longer matches demand, says NPA

17 November

The Pharmacist. Living wage increase will lead to lay-offs without more funding, says NPA

11 November

Pharmacy Magazine. Opinion: There must be fuel in the tank

C&D. Join C+D’s Big Debate on making pharmacy careers attractive on November 15

8 November

The Pharmacist. Bristol mayor praises community pharmacy services

7 November

Pharmacy Magazine. Chief pharmacist visits Belfast pharmacy to mark AYP 2022

4 November

Pharmacy Business. NPA, BeWell expand partnership to provide solution-based platform to pharmacies

28 October

Pharmacy Business. Public awareness on NHS pharmacy services needs to be raised, NPA survey reveals

26 October

C&D. Taking the right decisions now can avert disastrous pharmacy collapse

7 October

Pharmacy Magazine. NPA announces partnership with digital platform for pharmacies

5 October

ICP. NPA calls for emergency £250m funding injection

27 September

The Times. Soaring inflation threatens to close thousands of high street chemists

21 September

The Pharmacist. Energy support for pharmacies ‘barely touches the sides’ of cost crisis

9 September

C&D. Pharmacy bodies pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as national mourning begins

6 September

Pharmacy Magazine. England’s chief pharmacist to address NPA online conference

1 September

ICP. Energy bills increase could hit pharmacies by £60m, warns NPA chief

26 August

The Pharmacist. Sunak should adopt a ‘Pharmacy First’ approach, says NPA

22 August

Daily Telegraph. The sickness that plagues Britain’s pharmacies

18 August

The Pharmacist. Petition calls for action to tackle rising violence against pharmacists

  1. Pharmacist independent prescribing pilots will begin across England from 2023

16 August

Pharmacy Business. NPA lauds its cohort of trainee pharmacists who secured 81 per cent pass rate in GPhC assessment

11 August

Daily Express. Fears patients’ lives at risk as pharmacists struggle to provide vital drug

Pharmacy Magazine. NPA view: Pharmacists can help tackle women’s health inequalities

9 August

C&D. Pharmacy clawbacks are a perverse windfall tax

5 August

The Pharmacist. PSNC: Delay to CPCF approval due to government reshuffle

28 July

Pharmacy Business. NPA seeks future PM’s support for community pharmacies

20 July

The i. How does the Gina HRT tablet work? Ways the over-the-counter medication should benefit millions of women

19 July

Pharmacy Business. CMA suggests regulatory levers to curb ‘potential competition risk’ from hub and spoke dispensing policy

18 July

MSN. Almost 200 schools ignore Government plea not to close in heatwave

11 July

ICP. Patients going without prescriptions in inflation crisis, warns NPA

8 July

P3. Aiming high for influence (Mark Lyonette interview)

7 July

Pharmacy Business. NPA, RPS urge new health secretary to support ‘pharmacy first’ approach in England

6 July

P3. Javid resignation: Pharmacy bodies respond to new SoS appointment

5 July

Pharmacy Business. David Webb pledges ‘wholehearted support’ for community pharmacy at NPA board meeting

4 July

The Pharmacist. This year’s Ask Your Pharmacist Week announced

1 July

Pharmacy Business. Pharmacy leadership commission appoints two more independent pharmacists

27 June

Pharmacy Magazine. NPA study will look at impact of runaway inflation on pharmacies

22 June

ICP. Decisive vote in favour of proposals to overhaul pharmacy representation

15 June

The Pharmacist. Pharmacies to assess cancers and refer patients to specialists

C&D. NPA members report threefold increase in health centre pharmacies’ rents

13 June

The Pharmacist. ICSs must see pharmacy as ‘front door’ to NHS, hears NPA roundtable

31 May

Pharmacy Business. NPA raises more than £11,000 for mental health charity

27 May

Pharmacy Magazine. NPA welcomes primary care review findings

24 May

Pharmacy Business. NPA meets HRT tsar to address drug shortages

19 May

Pharmacy Business. Vote ‘yes’ for pharmacy representation reform, NPA tells members as voting window opens on May 27

18 May

Pharmacy Magazine. NPA urges NHSE&I to fulfil promise to review CPCF global sum

17 May

The Pharmacist. Give pharmacies authority to share medicines to tackle shortages, says NPA

9 May

Kent Online. Longfield pharmacist meets The Prince of Wales

5 May

Guardian. Members of vaccine taskforce to be reassigned to HRT crisis

4 May

Daily Mail. Dapper Duke! Prince Charles looks suave in a pin stripe suit as he hosts The National Pharmacy Association reception at St James’s Palace

3 May

C&D. NPA urges competition watchdog to address hub-and-spoke concerns

30 April

The i. HRT shortage: Crisis could impact people with bladder infections and chronic UTIs, says doctor

29 April

Pharmacy Magazine. Competition watchdog will look at hub and spoke concerns

27 April

BBC. Pharmacies in Wales to help GPs prescribe medicines to patients

12 April

C&D. How can pharmacists and pharmacy teams help refugees from Ukraine?

4 April

Pharmacy Business. NPA: Community pharmacies can help reduce health inequalities in Scotland

Community pharmacies deliver a record 4.8 million flu vaccinations during winter 2021/2022

26 March

Daily Express. ‘Illogical and unfair!’ Over 60s may lose free prescriptions after state pension changes

23 March

ICP. Employment allowance increase ‘not enough for pharmacies’

22 March

Pharmacy Business. NPA: Hub and spoke impact assessment proves justification for pharmacy cut was hollow

18 March

The i. Lateral flow tests: Pharmacies could run out as final deliveries of free tests arrive today

17 March

Integrated Care Journal. Claire Fuller to take stock of community pharmacy in primary care review

11 March

Pharmacy Business. King’s Fund report prompts NPA to call for re-think of PCN pharmacist roles

10 March

ICP. NPA chief: Business rates will ‘really hurt’ independents

2 March

Pharmacy Magazine. NHS primary care needs to hear from pharmacy, says NPA

25 February

ICP. NPA: Pharmacy vaccinations have saved 20,000 lives

18 February

The Pharmacist. NPA and PSNC team up to offer scholarship in Australia

14 February

Pharmacy Magazine. Where next for vaccinations in pharmacy?

9 February

C&D. NPA: ‘Vast majority’ of independents ‘still sceptical’ about hub and spoke

5 February

Pharmacy Business. NPA seeks funding boost for pharmacy contractors to meet higher locum rates

27 January

Pharmacy Magazine. Independents provided many more Covid vaccines than large multiples

22 January

BBC Breakfast. Reena Barai talks about weight management and pharmacies

21 January

ICP. Keep wearing masks in pharmacies, patients urged as Plan B dropped

20 January

C&D. Number of pharmacists in England up from 2017, but vacancy rate still high

18 January

Pharmacy Magazine. Half of all UK pharmacies provide domestic abuse scheme

13 January

The Pharmacist. One-third of all boosters delivered by pharmacies

7 January

Pharmacy Business. Pharmacy bodies urge people to be ‘patient and courteous’ with staff

4 January

Pharmacy Business. NPA launches ‘Associate Pharmacist’ subscription for pharmacists, technicians

Pharmacy Magazine. Lateral flow demand not going away warns NPA