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Record membership growth at PDA

The PDA held their 12th Annual General Meeting as a Trade Union on 25 June 2020. Due to the pandemic, the meeting was the first general meeting of the union to be held virtually. The review of the year included another record increase in the number of members.

Thu 2nd July 2020 PDA Union

At the Annual General Meeting, the PDA Union General Secretary, John Murphy reported another successful year for the PDA including a 7.7% (2,180) net increase in members from 1st April 2019 to 31 March 2020 at which point the membership numbers stood at 30,393.

Mr Murphy began his report with an acknowledgement of the challenges and exhaustion experienced by pharmacists due to the pandemic, remarking how they have coped with this pandemic and also thanking the PDA team for their determination in representing the needs of members during this time . As Mr Murphy reported much more will be said about the pandemic next year as PDA annual reports cover the periods between April-March each year.

Other key developments highlighted in Mr Murphy’s annual report included:

These were just some of the many topics highlighted during the meeting and Mr Murphy summarised the year by saying:

This meeting completes our 12th year as a trade union.  Created and governed by pharmacists, we are the voice of pharmacists. PDA Union is the largest pharmacist membership organisation and the only independent trade union exclusively for pharmacists in the UK. 

Our membership and influence continue to grow, and our reputation has been strengthened by our principled stand on issues maintaining the absolute view that we avoid conflict of interests and act in the interests of individual pharmacists.

We continue to evolve, strengthen and broaden what we do for pharmacists at the same time as increasing the number of pharmacists that we directly represent. I look forward to our next year of continuing this exciting journey.”

John Murphy, PDA Union General Secretary

After formal business concluded, attendees were invited to participate in a Question and Answer session.  Those PDA members unable to attend the session are reminded that the PDA always wants to hear from them and are encouraged to comment on our social media, speak to their local representatives and/or contact the advice line if they need personalised advice or representation.

The Pharmacists' Defence Association is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England; Company No 4746656.

The Pharmacists' Defence Association is an appointed representative in respect of insurance mediation activities only of
The Pharmacy Insurance Agency Limited which is registered in England and Wales under company number 2591975
and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Register No 307063)

The PDA Union is recognised by the Certification Officer as an independent trade union.

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