In an open letter attached to the results of the RPS elections CEO of the RPS Paul Bennett has criticised the behaviour of certain candidates and non-candidates during the 2018 RPS election campaign.
In the letter he said the following;
“As Chief Executive of the Society, 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.”