The GPhC exam protest as it happened
C+D joined a group of trainee pharmacists who gathered outside the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) headquarters in Canary Wharf, east London, to protest over the most recent exam issues. Catch up with all the coverage below.
13:55: Thank you for joining us
That concludes C+D's coverage of the registration assessment protest today. Thank you all very much for joining us – stay tuned for further updates and interviews with trainees over the coming days.
13:45: "Feeling positive" – catch up with C+D's interview with Marvin Munzu after the protest
13:40: "Peaceful protest in the interest of fairness and justice"
Great contributions from #traineepharmacists to voice their concerns about the #gphcexam.— The Pharmacist Cooperative (@PharmacistCoop) July 13, 2022
Well done to Marvin and his team for the excellent organisation of this peaceful protest in the interest of fairness and justice 👏 https://t.co/hXLPx7HRm5
13:33: "A monumental and peaceful protest"
Definitely well done to Marvin and his team for organising such a monumental & peaceful protest regarding @TheGPhC #registrationassessements for trainee pharmacists.#FairResultsForAll https://t.co/zpsavb8z3B— Siddiqur Rahman 💙 💚 (@GPPharmaSid) July 13, 2022
13:24: "We are competent trainee pharmacists"
13:20: Protest reaction
Thorrun Govind, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English pharmacy board chair tweets her support of today's protest
13:18: "We have hope, don't give up"
"The GPhC genuinely seems to want to help the trainees", Marvin Munzu says
13:15: Marvin Munzu speaks to C+D
"We had a great meeting with Duncan," Marvin Munzu tells C+D. Follow our interview live over on Instagram
13:05: "We protest for fairness and equality"
"We protest for fairness and equality. We are not fighting against the GPhC, we are fighting for fairness," Marvin Munzu tells protestors
Trainees want:— Sam (@sam_9907) July 13, 2022
-this attempt not counted if failed
-investigate the calculations paper and only retake the paper failed
-Grant resit students provisional registration
-Get logistics and BTL centres right
- listen to concerns and implement change @TheGPhC @ChemistDruggist pic.twitter.com/iZTaYZ3uPU
13:02: "Our issues count too"
12:52: Protest in photos
12:47: Marvin Munzu expected to address crowd again
C+D preparing to go LIVE again with @marvinmunzu at the #GPhCexam protest— Chemist+Druggist (@ChemistDruggist) July 13, 2022
Head to our Instagram feed....https://t.co/Ufs29Xt8CG#pharmacy #pharmacists #trainees #registrationassessment pic.twitter.com/oA2w15F9Xy
12:43: "We will make a change"
@TheGPhC peaceful protest in Canary Wharf London, trainees alongside @marvinmunzu want answers to the questions we have. We need change from the Gphc @the_pda @rpharms @ChemistDruggist. We need to be heard and want actions from the Gphc, no more automated emails from you. pic.twitter.com/l3A49NnHs0— Sam (@sam_9907) July 13, 2022
12:30: Trainee experiences
More trainees have come forward to share their experiences of the exam:
Another trainee: "I've sacrificed my family life, my husband supported me, I was confident to sit exam and pass... not to sit a paper that's shocking" #gphcexam— Valeria Fiore (@CandDValeria) July 13, 2022
12:20: RPS urges GPhC to arrange early resit and offers extended associate membership
Commenting on the issues experienced by trainees in a statement published yesterday, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) president Claire Anderson said, the RPS remains “deeply concerned about the situation” and “urges the GPhC to offer a resit opportunity for candidates well before November 2022”.
“This would be fair to all and limits the impact on candidates’ progression to full registration,” she added.
The RPS is also calling on the GPhC “to liaise with the Home Office to ensure that any affected candidates working under a visa are fully supported with their continued right to work”, she said.
“We’re fully aware of the additional supervisory burden provisional registration will place on pharmacy teams already under considerable stress. We’re also concerned by the precedent this may set for future sittings. We therefore also call for the GPhC to issue clear criteria for the future use of provisional registration in such circumstances, so that candidates and employers have clarity.”
The GPhC must also “publish the findings of the independent review in full, including a robust mitigation plan to minimise the impact of any future issues”, she added.
“This must include the provision of paper copies of the assessment to all centres and the development of a spare set of assessment papers for use in emergency situations,” she said.
To support candidates, the RPS will be offering all those who do not pass the June assessment, or who chose to abandon their attempt on the day, an extension of their associate membership until December 2022, at no additional cost. It will also be issuing a new Ontrack 30 day free trial for those who would find additional revision support helpful.
12:04: Protest in pictures – the three key requests
12:00: Trainees' exam experiences
Another trainee claims their mitigating conditions - which she was entitled to for medical reasons - were overlooked by the GPhC, which later apologised.— Valeria Fiore (@CandDValeria) July 13, 2022
She's happy to be here today to make her voice heard #gphcexam
There must be a guideline that we follow. We need a blueprint.— Valeria Fiore (@CandDValeria) July 13, 2022
We were shocked on the day of the exam, I became unwell and didn't do paper 2, another trainee says #gphcexam
Another trainee: "We were given an exam that we were never exposed to."— Valeria Fiore (@CandDValeria) July 13, 2022
GPhC should have given us similar questions that would have appeared in exam, he suggests
"How were we expetp have 3 minutes per question when we had so much to read" pic.twitter.com/oH8rW2zr6n
11: 54: Watch Marvin Munzu's speech in full
11:52: Meeting lasted for over an hour
Here's what we know about the meeting held between GPhC and pharmacist and tutor Marvin Munzu so far:
The meeting was supposed to be 30 minutes but went on for over an hour.— Eliza Loukou (@CandDEliza) July 13, 2022
Mr Munzu says this shows @TheGPhC is willing to listen.
About the GPhC meeting.— Valeria Fiore (@CandDValeria) July 13, 2022
"We've asked for fairness and equality. This issue didn't only happen in Nottingham, there were bigger issues, technical issues, many of you suffered from anxiety", Mr Munzu says#gphcexam
11:49: "I left everything behind..."
Heartfelt testimony from trainee who is devastated by the how the exam was handled.— Valeria Fiore (@CandDValeria) July 13, 2022
Fully qualified in Iraq... but he decided to come to the UK and complete the course to be equipped with qualification and experience in UK.
"I left everything behind..."#gphcexam pic.twitter.com/RWSOBaGq66
11:45: Protest in action
From trainee pic.twitter.com/YcXeDnLzCR— Graham Stretch (@GrahamStretch) July 13, 2022
11:40: Protest in pictures
11:39: Protestors have three requests
Protesters have three asks:— Eliza Loukou (@CandDEliza) July 13, 2022
1. Students who fail should not have this exam counted as one of their three attempts.
2. Issues other than severe delays should treated as grounds for appeal.
3. Trainees should only have to repeat the specific paper they fail.
11:38: "Today is the day we speak up"
"I’ve never seen so many trainees complain about a calculations paper as this year," Marvin Munzu says. He receives a large applause after he announces "today is the day we speak up". Tune in to our Instagram Live to follow the protest here.
11:32: Follow the protest live
11:26: "This will go down in history"
Marvin Munzu is here! And kick starting the protest— Valeria Fiore (@CandDValeria) July 13, 2022
"This will go down in history"#gphcexam
11:21: Join us live from the protest
The protest is underway! Join our Instagram Live from GPhC HQ
11:19: Reporting from GPhC HQ
We've been told that Marvin Munzu, the organiser of the protest, and a group of delegates are still in meeting with the GPhC, so the protest will start a little later than planned#gphcexam #protest https://t.co/EZhkt46eBY— Valeria Fiore (@CandDValeria) July 13, 2022
11:15: Exam experience
As new reports of mishaps occurring at the GPhC’s registration assessment continue to emerge daily, earlier this month, C+D spoke with trainee pharmacists about their experiences sitting the exam. Read their testimonies here.
11:10: Protest delayed
The meeting between the GPhC and pharmacist and tutor Marvin Munzu – who organised the protest – along with a delegation of four trainees has overrun. The protest is expected to begin shortly.
11:00: Welcome to our live blog
Good morning and welcome to our live blog, following the GPhC protest as it happens. We'll keep you updated as the day goes on - stick with us for up-to-the-minute coverage, analysis and reaction.