Nitin Sodha steps aside as NPA chair, Andrew Lane picks up duties

Nitin Sodha steps aside as NPA chair, Andrew Lane picks up duties

Nitin Sodha is stepping aside as chair of the National Pharmacy Association while allegations of collusion against a company in which he owns shares, Lexon UK, are investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority. The NPA’s vice chair, Andrew Lane, will pick up the responsibilities of chairman for the time-being. Nitin said today: “I am stepping aside with immediate effect, so that the NPA can remain focused on supporting its members and securing a sustainable future for independent pharmacies, rather than be distracted by continued questions about my position as chair.” NPA chief executive, Mark Lyonette, said: “The allegations against Lexon don’t relate to Nitin’s work at the NPA, yet he has made a decision to stand aside as chair in the best interests of the association and its members.” Andrew Lane owns the AlChem Pharmacy Group and chairs Gloucestershire LPC.  He was elected to the NPA Board of Management in 2010 and is one of two NPA nominees on the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.…

NPA Board member election for Area 10

An election is set to take place for a new NPA board member in Area 10 which covers Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Isle of Wight, and The Channel Islands.

Any NPA member can stand in the election in Area 10. The nomination packs will not reach NPA members until early November, but the deadline for return of completed nomination forms is noon on Friday 16th November. The NPA Board sets the policy, strategic direction and objectives for the Association. Board members are expected to contribute to debate in sharing ideas and deliver fresh thinking throughout the period of their service. In addition to NPA Board meetings, Board members also participate in Standing Committees and/or Working Groups of the Board. The main objective is to ensure that the NPA is advancing the interests of independent community pharmacy owners, to the benefit ultimately of patients and communities. NPA Election timetable: Nominations stage · Dispatch of nomination packs by post to qualifying members – Friday 2 November · Last date for receipt of completed nomination forms – at noon on Friday 16 November Election stage · Dispatch of election papers to qualifying members – Friday 23 November · Last date for receipt of voting papers – at noon on Friday 14 December Check on www.npa.co.uk/election for updates.…

Lindsay & Gilmour MD joins NPA Board to represent NPA members in Scotland

The National Pharmacy Association is pleased to announce today the election of Philip Galt as the new NPA board member for Scotland.

  Phil is Managing Director and Superintendent Pharmacist of Lindsay & Gilmour Pharmacy, which operates 30 pharmacies across Central Scotland, Fife and the Scottish Borders.  He is also chair of Community Pharmacy Lothian. Commenting on his election, Phil said: “I passionately believe in the contribution that community pharmacy can make. We can improve health outcomes for patients whilst delivering real value to the wider health economy. “Scotland is a good news story for community pharmacy and we’ve seen many positive developments in pharmacy practice across the network here.  But even in Scotland we share many of the same challenges that pharmacies face across the UK – a tight public purse, ever increasing demand for health care, volatile supply and the uncertainties of Brexit and FMD. “I’m really looking forward to using my experience and enthusiasm to help the NPA deliver for members.” NPA chair, Nitin Sodha, said: “We are delighted to have Phil join the Board.  He is a substantial figure, with years of experience to call upon and a real commitment to community pharmacy.  He likes to work collaboratively with stakeholders across health and social care, which I think reflects the approach the NPA is taking throughout the UK.” Phil replaces Noel Wicks, who left the board a month ago due to family and business commitments.…