In a recent letter to the Pharmaceutical Journal Mark Koziol wrote;

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Noel Baumber in last weeks Journal has expressed concerns that if two of the Alliance Boots Head Office candidates are successful in the forthcoming RPSGB elections, then that will result in two of its senior staff occupying RPSGB Council seats and two of its senior staff occupying English Board seats. He considers that if this occurs, then this might give Boots undue political influence.

The Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA) has always contended that a disproportionate influence is wielded within the profession by a very small number of large employer organisations and that the views of employees and locum pharmacists are frequently overlooked. The aim of the PDA has always been to address this imbalance and to ensure that the individual pharmacist agenda can be properly represented.

Some pharmacists putting themselves up for election are PDA members.

We encourage all pharmacists to cast their vote and ask that they should also consider candidates who, whilst not necessarily having the backing and support of an employer organization, will nevertheless have a broad appreciation and sympathy for issues as seen through the eyes of the individual employee and locum pharmacist.

We were informed that under PJ rules and in the interests of fairness, no candidate can have their name in the their 'letters column' on more than two occassions. As a consequence we agreed to remove the names of the PDA members; we can now through this article reveal that they are

  • Martin Astbury (Council)
  • Lindsey Gilpin, (English Board)
  • Keith Davies (Welsh Board)


Note for Editors

The Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA)

The Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA) is a not for profit organisation which aims is to act upon and support the needs of individual pharmacists and, when necessary, to defend their reputation. PDA currently has more than 10,000 members.

The primary aims of the PDA are to;

  • Support pharmacists in their legal, practice and employment needs.
  • Provide insurance cover to safeguard and defend the reputation of the individual pharmacist.
  • Proactively seek to influence the professional, practice and employment agenda to support members.
  • Lead and support initiatives designed to improve the knowledge and skills of pharmacists in managing risk and safe practices, so improving patient care.
  • Work with like-minded organisations to further improve the membership benefits to individual pharmacists.
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