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NPA PV split "a poorly-timed retrograde step" says D'Arcy

Numark chief executive John D'Arcy has called the NPA's decision to break away from Pharmacy Voice "a poorly timed retrograde step" that "flies in the face of pharmacy unity".

In a statement, Mr D'Arcy questioned whether Pharmacy Voice would survive without the support of one of its key partners and called for togetherness within the profession. "The demise of Pharmacy Voice would see a return to the all too familiar days of fragmentation within pharmacy and associated mixed messages."

Community pharmacy had historically suffered from fragmentation and the lack of a coherent voice, said Mr D'Arcy. And Pharmacy Voice – as a confederation – provided the opportunity of a single voice for community pharmacy in England while retaining the identities of constituent organisations.

Pharmacy Voice had made considerable progress in recent years in developing a blueprint for the future of community pharmacy – the most recent example of this being the Community Pharmacy Forward View.

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