Press Release: PDA calls for radical changes and improvements to pharmacy regulation

The government are consulting on the future of Healthcare professional regulatory bodies including the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in a move that is likely to have significant impact on pharmacy in the UK.

Wed 1st November 2017 The PDA

The government are consulting on the future of Healthcare professional regulatory bodies including the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in a move that is likely to have significant impact on pharmacy in the UK.

The PDA will be responding to this consultation in detail and will publish its response in due course.  However, the PDA is clear that it wants to see a proposal for regulation that is fair, transparent and effective in how it protects patients and their health.

Mark Koziol, Chairman of PDA said “Patient safety is the priority for any healthcare regulator and pharmacy is no exception. It is precisely for that reason that we are concerned about the extent of the focus of pharmacy regulation being upon individual pharmacists. The GPhC appear to have little interest in the regulation of pharmacy employers and in particular the large multiple pharmacy operators whose operating environments routinely feature in patient harm episodes that we deal with.”

Following a recent Freedom of Information Access request by the PDA it emerged that although the GPhC was established in 2010, the GPhC has never:

  • Issued an improvement notice to a pharmacy owner
  • Brought a fitness to practise case against a registrant for a failure to comply with the Standards for Registered Pharmacies.
  • Disqualified, removed, or sought to disqualify or remove, a pharmacy premises from the register (article 14 of the Pharmacy Order 2010)
  • Sought or obtained a conviction against a pharmacy owner under articles 12 or 14 of the Pharmacy Order 2010.

During the same period, the GPhC commenced disciplinary proceedings against more than 3,500 individuals.

Mr Koziol continued:

” What is the point of having a pharmacy regulator if it is not dealing with pharmacy owners who preside over the kind of deficient working environments that inhibit pharmacists from doing the best they can for patients?  The current pharmacy regulation arrangements are in need of a significant overhaul and we will seek to use this consultation as an opportunity to ensure is the current deficiencies are addressed. We believe it is time for radical changes and improvements to pharmacy regulation.”

The PDA welcomes feedback from members to help inform our response. PDA members can give their feedback by sending an email to consultations@the-pda.org with ‘Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation’  in the subject line.

Pharmacists may also want to respond directly to the consultation as an individual, and PDA encourages those who have views on the subject to do so.

The consultation and details of how to respond individually can be found at the link below, https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/professional-regulation/regulatory-reform/

Notes:

Previous consultation responses can be found here: https://www.the-pda.org/archive/consultations/

 

About the PDA:

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) is a not-for-profit organisation and trade union which aims to act upon and support the needs of individual pharmacists and, when necessary, defend their reputations. The PDA is the only organisation in UK pharmacy that exclusively looks after the interests of employee and locum pharmacists across all sectors of pharmacy, and currently has more than 27,000 members.

The primary aims of the PDA are to:

·         Support pharmacists in their legal, practice and employment needs

·         Provide representation for its members

·         Proactively seek to influence the professional, practice and employment agenda so that members can deliver high quality care

·         Lead and support initiatives designed to improve the knowledge and skills of pharmacists towards improved risk management, safer practice and high-quality patient care

·         Work with like-minded organisations to deliver these aims

·         Provide insurance cover to safeguard and defend the reputation of the individual pharmacist.

 

 

 

Editors requiring further information should contact:

Paul Day

Tel: 0121 694 7000,

Email: mailto:paul.day@pda-union,org 

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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