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What should the RPS do to ensure the professional autonomy of its members isn’t adversely affected by the working conditions imposed by employers?

This question was asked as part of the RPS board election process.

Professionally I have yet to take a backward step in the protection and defence of my personal and professional values. I expect the RPS to be there to support me in this endeavour as do other members.

As a board member, I would shine the light on conversations around what it is to be a pharmacy professional.

As I have done to date, I will continue to engage on and offline with members to allow them to tell their story, explain what it means to be a member of this great profession and fight for members’ rights to practise safely for patients.

I firmly believe that casting light on these issues is the best remedy to such negative stories that cast doubt on the integrity of the profession. If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to worry about.

Procedures and practices that have a direct impact on the Responsible Pharmacist need to be subject to further scrutiny and candour. As I said in my election statement, professional autonomy is absolutely central to the future survival of our profession.

For this reason, I will vehemently protect the professional rights of pharmacists to make the correct decisions for patients at all times without undue pressure to meet an outside agenda.

There is still time to vote if you have not already done so. Good luck to all the other candidates.

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