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Medicines: just what the doctor ordered? APOLLO-MM team ask the people of Tower Hamlets

Lucie Hogger, CLAHRC North Thames Research Fellow, shares some of the highlights from the APOLLO-MM team's day at the Festival of Communities.

The APOLLO-MM team hosted a popular and engaging stall, attracting a record 187 visitors at this year’s Festival of Communities, a free event at Stepney Park in Tower Hamlets for those from the local community and beyond. Now in its second year, the Festival was created by Queen Mary University of London and local community groups to explore living and learning in East London.

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Boots: Pharmacists under pressure?

One of our research participants alerted us to this investigative news documentary recently screened on BBC One as part of its ‘real-life stories and investigations’ TV programme, Inside Out. This programme was timely for us as we’re currently undertaking fieldwork in pharmacies.

The documentary focuses on three tragic cases where patients died after being given medicines prescribed for another patient. It then set out to make a link between dispensing errors and staff shortages. There was a particular focus on Boots’ unwillingness to disclose information about the model it uses to calculate appropriate staffing levels – this being identified as a ‘trade secret’ and summoning up a sense of suspicion.
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