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Women pharmacist body to undergo ‘Doctor Who regeneration’ under PDA

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Dr Christine Heading: We will be able to share our message with a big pool of people
Dr Christine Heading: We will be able to share our message with a big pool of people

The National Association of Women Pharmacists (NAWP) will undergo a “Doctor Who regeneration” under the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA), it has told C+D.

The NAWP, which was originally set to dissolve at the end of this year, announced earlier this month it will continue as part of the PDA – a change executive committee member Dr Christine Heading described as a “Doctor Who regeneration”.

“Our organisation [is] coming to a halt, but then regenerating in a new revitalised form with the same ethos but different characteristics,” she told C+D at the Pharmacy Show in Birmingham (October 7).

From January 1, the 114-year-old organisation will be a “semi-autonomous” network under the PDA, with annual membership costing £30 for non-PDA members and £10 for PDA working members.

Dr Heading said that men “won’t be barred in any shape or form” from participating in the organisation, although it will be of “particular interest” to women.

“By having this big pool of people we will be able to share our message,” she added.

Watch the video to find out:

  • What else Dr Heading envisions for the future of the NAWP
  • What the changes will mean for members.

Last year, C+D found that female pharmacists are paid an average of £2,000 less than their male counterparts, which NAWP president Anita White went on to write about.

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