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BREAKING: Pharmacy Voice office to finally close next month

Pharmacy Voice will be formally wound-up over the summer
Pharmacy Voice will be formally wound-up over the summer

Pharmacy Voice will close its office for good at the end of next month, it has confirmed.

The lobbying group has been transferring representative activities back to its constituent member associations – the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp) and the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA) – since the NPA announced it would end its funding at the end of 2017, Pharmacy Voice said.

“We can now confirm these processes will be complete by the end of March, and the Pharmacy Voice office will close at the end of April,” it said this morning (March 21).

“Subject to legal requirements and timings, the organisation will be formally wound-up over the summer,” it added.

The CCA, AIMp and the NPA will “continue to work together on key sector-wide work streams previously delivered by Pharmacy Voice”, it said. This includes Pharmacy Voice’s patient safety work and hosting of the medication safety officer group, which will both be taken on by the CCA.

The group’s “key stakeholders” have been informed of its plans to continue to deliver the Community Pharmacy Forward View, it said. “The transfer of representational responsibilities, including where Pharmacy Voice staff have held membership of key NHS and government groups and committees, has been initiated.”

Some Pharmacy Voice staff will be transferring to either the CCA or NPA respectively, it added. 

“Others are being made redundant as a result of the closure and will leave over the next few weeks.”  

What do you think about the end of Pharmacy Voice?

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

Rob lost me and many other pharmacists after campaigning for the 400 MUR limit to be lifted so good riddance.

Yuna Mason, Sales

Was that Pharmacy Voice? I remember Day Lewis doing it but not them...

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

Dave Downham, Manager

Didn't do us much good though, did it? What have the Romans done for us?

Steve Churton, Senior Management

The demise of Pharmacy Voice (although unavoidable as a consequence of the NPA decision to pull away) is deeply regrettable. Pharmacy Voice, under its extremely talented and dedicated leadership team, has worked with other bodies and organisations to make a step-change in advocacy and engagement with key stakeholders and policy makers. We should all be very hopeful that much of this good work will continue to be delivered by its constituent organisations, and the community pharmacy sector owes enormous gratitude to Pharmacy Voice for its valuable contribution to our profession. Thank you Rob and friends for your insight and dedication. 

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