Rebalancing Board update

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has called for wider consultation on supervision, following the latest meeting of the Rebalancing Board. 

“It’s important that all voices are heard by the Government in the debate around supervision,” said RPS president Ash Soni. “We call on the Rebalancing Board to re-invigorate the wider stakeholder group and ensure this meets with the Board on a regular basis in order to provide clarity about new proposals and share news. There is real value in bringing people together more often to ensure there is an opportunity for two-way dialogue.”

In a statement released after the meeting, Ken Jarrold, chair of the Board, said: “I recognise that supervision is of significant interest to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and all those who work in and use pharmacies. I will continue to do my very best to take people with me, to allow every opportunity for discussion and to respect the views of everyone.”

Mr Jarrold said that the Board plans to hold a Partners Forum in the New Year, which will “provide a good occasion to hear further views on supervision and explore the opportunities any changes could offer”. He is also encouraging professional pharmacy organisations to have “discussions with their members to help better understand everyone’s views, so we can take these into account and move the discussion forward.”

As well as discussions on supervision, the Rebalancing Board meeting also heard that the order for the decriminalisation of dispensing errors for registered pharmacies – which is a key priority for pharmacy organisations including the RPS – has received collective Government clearance and consideration by Parliament is scheduled before Christmas.

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