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Ash Soni to be replaced as RPS president in July

Mr Soni's successor will be selected at the next RPS assembly meeting

A replacement will be chosen at the RPS assembly meeting next month, the society has announced

Ash Soni will "no longer be" Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) president from next month, the society has announced.

Mr Soni, who took up the position two years ago, said it has been a "privilege and pleasure to serve the RPS and the profession".

"I am hugely proud of the progress the RPS has made over recent times and that we now have a stronger and more influential voice in pharmacy and healthcare across Great Britain.

“During this time I have met many pharmacists doing fantastic work in all healthcare settings, as well as in academia, the pharmaceutical industry and in many other roles.

"I hope I have played my part in making sure the stories of excellent patient care delivered through our profession have been heard at the highest levels within the NHS," he said yesterday (June 23).

The RPS would not confirm to C+D whether Mr Soni had lost his seat on its assembly following a vote by the RPS's English Pharmacy Board this week.

Mr Soni's successor will be elected as the next RPS assembly meeting on July 19.

Praise for Mr Soni


Independent support group Avicenna's CEO Salim Jetha told C+D the sector has "lost a visionary leader". "Ash Soni took great leaps to reconnect the RPS to the mainstream profession and engage with the Department of Health," he said.


Babir Malik, Community pharmacist

A sad day for pharmacy. Ash was a true legend who will be missed

Gerry Diamond, Primary care pharmacist


Pill Counter, Pharmacy

Is anybody aware of the 'progress' that's been made in the last 2 years?

Angela Channing, Community pharmacist

Nope, apart from downhill ! 

Pill Counter, Pharmacy

Whoever is RPS president doesn't make a blind bit of difference to the vast majority of pharmacists

P M, Community pharmacist

dont care.. 

Ghengis Pharm, Locum pharmacist

echo that

Steve Jeffers, Community pharmacist

Such a shame. The best President the RPS has had for years. Good luck in the future

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