Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.

Join

Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

PJ Online | PJ Letters: The Society

Home > PJ  > Letters | Search

Return to PJ Online Home Page

The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 268 No 7182 p93-96
26 January 2002

This page
Reprint
Photocopy

Letters

Letters are available in a single PDF* file (70K)


  Community pharmacy
  Locums
  Education conference
  Primary care pharmacy
  Careers
  The Council
  Council election
  The Society
  Statutory Committee
  The Journal
  Christmas miscellany


Letters to the Editor

  * PDF files on PJ Online require Acrobat Reader 4 or later.

The Society (3 letters)

Exists to represent its members

From Mr M. Hickey, MRPharmS

I have been following the correspondence on whether the Society is a membership organisation or not with some interest, and as a result I decided to consult the Charter and the Byelaws in some detail. Both make it very clear that the Society is indeed a membership organisation.

Section 2 of the Byelaws stipulates the criteria for membership of the Society, and the Charter in section 4 gives the objects of the Society. One of these objects, and this is important, is "to maintain the honour and safeguard and promote the interests of the members in their exercise of the profession of pharmacy".

I did also notice an important omission in the Charter and Byelaws, nowhere do they mention specifically the regulatory function. The regulatory function is given to the Society not through the Charter or by virtue of the Byelaws, but by the Pharmacy Act of 1954 (in respect of individuals) and the Medicines Act of 1968 (in respect of bodies corporate).

This would suggest that the Society is in every sense, as presently constituted, a membership organisation, one which also happens to operate a regulatory function by virtue of currently enacted legislation. It also follows if the legislature wishes to take away, replace, or alter the way the regulatory function is operated then it can do simply, and if necessary regardless of what the Society wishes.

I would suggest that the Society exists to represent its members, and if it wishes to continue to regulate the profession, or have any influence on its regulation it must do so on behalf of its members and in the interests of the public.

Maurice Hickey
Forres, Morayshire

Tangible reward for active members of the Society

From Mr D. G. Higgins, FRPharmS

I am surprised that with the considerable experiences of John Ferguson, Raymond Dickinson and Ann Lewis, they have not alluded to the most important factor concerning the Society.

About one in four members of the Society take an active interest in the profession and involve themselves with the branches and the Society. The other members are merely in the business of pharmacy. Their only concern with the professional body is what it will cost them, or what they must do, to remain in the business. This is why I am advocating a tangible reward such as a discount to those members who give something back to the profession.

D. G. Higgins
Macclesfield, Cheshire

Are branches and regions being downgraded?

From Mr W. T. Brookes, MRPharmS

It is disturbing to note that once again the Council of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is seeking to reduce the involvement of the branches and regions in the Society's affairs by removing funding for representatives from the network who attend the British Pharmaceutical Conference. Although not princely, the present funding of conference tickets, £20 per night towards accommodation and £15 towards other expenses, together with the standard class rail fare was of some help.

Branches and regions were thus able to send two representatives to this major pharmaceutical event. Many a young pharmacist has been given his or her first taste of involvement in pharmaceutical affairs on a professional, scientific and political level in a national forum as a result of this system. Now branches and regions of whatever size are expected to pick up the full cost of any representatives' expenses. And these will be significantly more than the previous subsidy which did not cover the full cost of accommodation, meals or evening events.

This decision has been taken without any consultation and shows a marked downgrading of the branch network in the Council's priorities. The timing of the announcement — just before Christmas — also smacks somewhat of the burying of bad news memo sent out by the Transport Secretary's adviser on 11 September.

A proper debate needs to take place on this issue and the branch representatives' and annual general meetings in May are the earliest public events when this is possible.

When this manoeuvre was last attempted by the Council, pressure at the 1994 BRM helped to bring about a change of policy. It is to be hoped that the membership will be equally successful in 2002.

W. T. Brookes
Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

Back to Top

Previous Topic (Council election)
Next Topic (Statutory Committee)
Send your letter to The Editor


Home | Journals | News | Notice-board | Search | Jobs  Classifieds | Site Map | Contact us

©The Pharmaceutical Journal

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 20005876

Rate this article 

Click to rate

  • 1 star out of 5
  • 2 stars out of 5
  • 3 stars out of 5
  • 4 stars out of 5
  • 5 stars out of 5

0 out of 5 stars

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Rate
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Jobs you might like

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.