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Members alienated from voting in RPS elections

Recent letters (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:20) have expressed concern over voter turnout in Royal Pharmaceutical Society pharmacy board elections. I wrote in 2013 (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2013;291:12) suggesting that many members feel alienated from the election process for the boards because they see little about their work other than the annual reports from the board chairmen. We have no idea what individual members of the boards do, or what their views are on issues of the moment. There is still little reporting in the The Pharmaceutical Journal about the work of the boards. Perhaps all the boards need to add an item to their agendas for “member communication”?

Tony Cartwright



Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2015.20068989

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  • A valuable suggestion - particularly if we cannot go further and read verbatim reports of Board and Assembly meetings in the Journal as used to be the case with RPSGB Council Meetings. Such reporting should not be outside the scope of the Journal's editorial strategy. These earlier reports allowed members to learn something of the contribution being made by individual Council members - some of whom would be seeking re-election at some future date.
    Currently we only have an insight into Board and Assembly meetings through the Chairs' comments within the Journal and through the minutes of the meetings on the Society website - minutes which are not easy to access and whose publication is not highlighted under the 'News' link on the Society website.

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