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Pharmacy Voice Response to RPS Draft Regulations and Schedules


Pharmacy Voice Response to RPS Draft Regulations and Schedules


Pharmacy Voice (PV), which represents the vast majority of community pharmacy owners in England, has expressed some concerns in its response to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's consultation on draft regulations and schedules.


Rob Darracott, Chief Executive of Pharmacy Voice, said:


"We understand and recognise the need for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) to update and revise its governing legislation following the creation of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPHC). However we are very concerned at the tone being set by this document and would urge the RPS to moderate its proposed course of action.


"A simple code of conduct would be appropriate to set the standard for the Society's members. The conduct procedures and the scheme outlined appear to create a cumbersome and costly disciplinary mechanism running in parallel to the GPHC. It would be better to see greater emphasis from the Society on positively supporting pharmacists in their practice and in the care of patients.


"If the RPS decides to go ahead with these proposals as they stand we would expect the disciplinary processes to be used very sparingly, especially given that membership of the RPS is entirely voluntary."





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