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RPS board member slams society's 'meek' pharmacy funding cuts stance

Sultan Dajani: Bottom line is, I'm sending a motion
Sultan Dajani: Bottom line is, I'm sending a motion

A Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) board member is “breaking rank” to condemn the society’s “weak and meek” position on the funding cuts in England, he has told C+D.

Sultan ‘Sid’ Dajani told C+D this morning (June 1) that he will call a public motion to convince RPS president Ash Soni to “oppose the cuts publically”.

“I’m taking the RPS to task by asking [it] to stand behind the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) against the funding cuts,” he said.

Mr Dajani, who narrowly topped the RPS English board election results last month with 782 votes, claimed that the society “has not vociferously stood up against the funding cuts”.

By announcing the motion in public, he is aiming to prevent a “weak statement” from the RPS.

“By putting my neck on the line I’m showing that we are square against the decision [to cut pharmacies' funding].”

Mr Dajani said he would like to “promote transparency” within the RPS by having an open debate about the funding cuts.

He added that he had been motivated to bring the motion by C+D’s reporting of the appeal against the funding cuts brought by PSNC and the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) last week.

“[The cuts] are not evidence-based, they do not protect the public, they are anti safety and they are not going to achieve the Five Year Forward View of the government.”

C+D has contacted the RPS for comment.

Read Mr Dajani's statement and proposed motion here.

What do you think of Mr Dajani's motion?

Amerjit Singh, Community pharmacist

People who pay money to be a member of the RPS are even more intellectually deficient than those who bought PPI.

Tom Kennedy, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

Mr Dajani would like a debate about the funding cuts.

See guys... all this worrying for nothing, community pharmacy is saved.

Amerjit Singh, Community pharmacist

*This comment has been deleted for breaching C+D's community principles*

NIRMAL BAJARIA, Superintendent Pharmacist

Well done Sid!

Andy Burrells, Community pharmacist

There've been cuts?
Didn't read that in my PJ!

Amerjit Singh, Community pharmacist

PJ? Or Beano? 

PJ just ignores current industry issues to keep peddling crap. Nothing ever changes.

Dodo pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Well said Sid, I deliberately did not renew my RPS membership due to their appalling lack of public opposition to the funding cuts. The RPS have done absolutely nothing to fight against the cuts, or even to highlight the dangers that the cuts pose to patients.

Sultan Dajani, Community pharmacist

Thank you Dodo. I've raised this many times at the RPS and Ben may recall or may have missed a piece published in the PJ (7th March 2017 'Funding Cuts are a threat to the Public' ) and all my monthly pieces in ICP which repeated my strong opposition. I cannot answer for other elected reps, the RPS as a whole or the elected officers as to why they haven't been as forthright but this election has raised the point that the RPS needs to be decisive and less appeasing to the DHSC. I have listened and because the points are still relevant, we've just had another court hearing and the cuts are much worse than anticipated, my contribution for RPS clarity is quite timely. In doing so I'm hoping collaboration and PSNC/NPA support will give negotiation impetus, show pharmacy is united 100% against the cuts (austerity considered) and the DHSC has no support esp with news that pharmacy funds have been diverted away from patients and frontline staff. 

As rightly pointed out... If my action was made any sooner (pre-election results), my critics will claim cheap election point scoring jibes, so I'm hoping post election those same critics will be more silent - doubtful, but hope springs eternal. Thanks

Ben Merriman, Community pharmacist

Sid was has been on the board since the cuts were announced.  Why speak out now (after an election) and not nearly two and a half years earllier?  It's not as if it hasn't been in trade, local and national press or anything... 

Reeyah H, Community pharmacist

It’s good he did it this way. If he spoke earlier, he wouldn’t be on the board now and wouldn’t have much influence. When the cuts were announced, no one knew they would be as bad as this. 

Andy Burrells, Community pharmacist

I couldn't disagree more. We knew they would be the death knell for the industry. There isn't the desire or funding for radical change. Attrition is the future

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