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RPS responds to ‘weak’ accusation: ‘We challenge where appropriate’

Ash Soni
Ash Soni: A strong unified front is the best way to secure a future

The RPS has claimed it challenges the government "where appropriate", in response to allegations its funding cuts stance is "weak".

Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English board member Sultan ‘Sid’ Dajani claimed last Friday (June 1) that the society “has not vociferously stood up against the funding cuts” in England; and called a public motion to ask the RPS to back the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee “in standing against” the decision to cut pharmacies’ funding.

The RPS told C+D later that day that “we have consistently said the government is not making the most of what community pharmacy has to offer”.

“A strong unified front is the best way to secure a future for community pharmacy,” president Ash Soni and English board chair Sandra Gidley said in a joint statement.

“We have always strived to be collaborative with [the] government, but we challenge where appropriate to ensure patients can access the care they need from pharmacists.”

“The English board has built strong relationships with the other pharmacy bodies and we are now all working together more closely than ever to tackle these challenges.”

Mr Dajani, who narrowly topped the RPS English board election results last month with 782 votes, said when he announced the motion that he wanted to prevent a “weak statement” from the RPS and that he would like “an open debate about the funding cuts”.

What do you make of the RPS's response?

H W, Community pharmacist

So we can assume they deem the cuts appropriate then

Leon The Apothecary, Student

In my opinion, the RPS is not going to win over many people with a vague response to a criticism placed against them.

Independent Dave, Community pharmacist

Is this a joke?! What Mr Dajani said was right, and RPS’s response does all but confirm it. It’s moments like these where you understand why our profession is so easy to pick apart. What RPS say in terms of a unified front is correct, but they need to get a grip and show it!! If they genuinely care about their members and the profession as a whole, then they need to get their act together and start standing side by side with the PSNC!

Andy Burrells, Community pharmacist

Lot of respect for mr Soni here, but I think he's wrong.
He represents the professional body of pharmacists.
There is to much collaboration going on through a number of stakeholders, and his job is to represent the will of the professional body, whether he agrees or not.
I've not had a conversation with a pharmacist yet who thinks we should be in bed with the government and support support their futile decision making

A Hussain, Senior Management

That's not strong.  They haven't set Mr Dajani straight so that suggests they agree with him.

Amerjit Singh, Community pharmacist

Who cares what the RPS say? They are a complete waste of time and money.

*This comment has been edited to comply with C+D's community principles*

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