The Pharmacist’s Defence Association (PDA) have this week asked if the APTUK can legitimately claim to be a representative body for pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy.
The PDA has spent over three years producing a report about the role of pharmacy technicians in community pharmacy. They have chosen to release the report in stages, chapter by chapter. This week they have released the fifth chapter which amongst other things looks specifically at the legitimacy of the APTUK to represent pharmacy technicians and specifically pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy.
The PDA has said that the sectoral focus on hospital pharmacy, the low membership numbers and the resulting financial constraints “drastically limit” the Association of Pharmacy Technician’s (APTUK’s) capability to represent pharmacy technicians. They have suggested that the APTUK does not satisfy the healthcare profession criteria described by the Health Professions Council.
Mark Koziol, Chair of the PDA said:
“We believe that there is no meaningful representation – nor even a significant membership constituency – of community pharmacy-based members within the APTUK and that is a great cause for concern.”
To view the fifth chapter of the Pharmacy Technicians Report, click here.