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a RPS building imageMay 21 2018

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has announced the candidates who have been elected to the National Boards for England and Wales. 

However, the Society’s Chief Executive has expressed disappointment over the behaviour of some candidates and non-candidates. He has issued a statement warning that standards must be adhered to and will request that procedures are reviewed ahead of next year’s Board elections.

With 2,673 members voting this year out of 24,021 eligible to vote, turnout was slightly up on last year at 11.12%, compared to 10.86% in 2017. There was no election in Scotland as there were only two nominations for the four vacant positions. 

Votes for the England Board were cast as follows:

England Board Candidates Votes  
Sultan ‘Sid’ Dajani  782  Elected
Claire Anderson 768 Elected 
Thorrun Govind 710  Elected
Hemant Patel  684  Elected
Aamer Safdar  660  Elected for a period of one year due to casual vacancy
Paul Rutter  605  
Jane Devenish  543  
Catherine Armstrong  505  
David Gallier-Harris  473  
Hala Jawad  423  
Stephen Riley  415  
Harry Cotterill  410  
Asim Mirza  357  
Tohidul Islam  304  

Out of a possible 22,635 eligible RPS members in England, 2,338 voted, a 10.3% turnout, and there were two spoilt/invalid ballot forms returned.

Votes for the Wales Board were as follows:

Wales Board Candidates  Votes  
Michael Curson 187  Elected – Primary Care
Dylan Lloyd Jones 162  Elected - Community
Cheryl Way 152  Elected – Any Sector
Jodie Gwenter 136  Elected - Hospital
Fiona Jones 117  
Janet Gilbertson  111  
Helen Lewis 103  
Rafia Jamil 59  

In Wales, 335 out of a possible 1,386 eligible RPS members voted, a 24.2% turnout, and there were no spoilt/invalid ballot papers.

The election campaign saw some heated exchanges on social media, with candidates supporting or defending the views of other candidates when challenged by non-candidates.

In announcing the outcome of the elections, RPS Chief Executive Paul Bennett said: “I have obviously been very disappointed by some of the behaviours exhibited by a small number of members of the Society (both candidates and non-candidates) that have been brought to my attention during the course of the 2018 National Pharmacy Boards elections. 

“Certain behaviours have fallen considerably short of the professional standards I believe most members would expect and, whilst the current ‘Election Scheme’ governance (which controls the handling and processes of the Board elections) and the ‘Information for Candidates’ document in place at this time, do not provide any specific clauses that relate to the instances that have been brought to my attention, we will ensure that lessons are learned and clearer guidelines on expected standards of behaviour are included both for next year’s Election Scheme and for the guidelines issued to candidates prior to the elections commencing.

“It will also be made clear to all candidates that any alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct reported to the Society at any time will be properly investigated and action taken according to the relevant governance processes.

“The conduct of members is a very important issue to the Society. Any member found not to be reflecting the values of the Society or who is in breach of their terms and conditions of membership will be dealt with appropriately and fairly through our governance process. 

“In addition, I will be specifically requesting that the second phase of the Society’s current Governance Review project looks at a number of ways by which the election process in general might be revised and trust that any recommendations would then be approved by our Assembly.”

Today’s Pharmacist took part in the hustings process by asking candidates five questions on a range of subjects, and we uploaded their responses ahead of polling opening. Three candidates were unable to respond in the time allotted.

Links:
RPS National Board Election Results announcement       
RPS ‘Elections to the National Pharmacy Boards 2018’ full report
Today’s Pharmacist hustings questions  

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