Mike Hewitson has resigned with immediate effect from the National Pharmacy Association board. Mr. Hewitson released the following public statement yesterday shortly after the NPA board meeting.
“With profound sadness and deep regret I must announce that I have resigned from the Board of Management at the National Pharmacy Association with immediate effect.
“Following the recent election of a vertically integrated wholesaler to the chairmanship of the NPA, I am no longer able to contribute to the leadership of the organisation on principle. At a time when NPA members face an existential battle for survival, made more difficult by the behaviour of wholesalers, large and small, this represents an insoluble conflict of interest.
“The NPA have surrendered moral leadership on the critical issue of price gouging by wholesalers, stock shortages and the precipitous decline of service levels by vertical integrated wholesalers.
“Never have the interests of the independent sector and wholesalers been so far apart. To ensure our continued survival as a profession we must move away from a contract which is based on prescription volume, and purchase margin, but this is in fundamental opposition to the needs and actions of wholesalers.”
Mr. Hewitson concluded by paying tribute to friends and colleagues on the board that he had worked with in the previous eight years of his tenure.
“It has been the greatest pleasure of my professional career to serve the interests of community pharmacy through the NPA. I am so sad to say goodbye to the many colleagues and friends I have made in my eight years on the board, and would like to pay tribute to their dedication and commitment on behalf of the sector.”
Mr. Nitin Sodha has replaced Ian Strachan as Chair of the National Pharmacy Association, following an NPA Board meeting held on Monday, 23rd. April. Mr. Nitin is Managing Director of Knights Chemists. He was first elected to the NPA Board in 2007 and has served as Vice Chair since 2014.