Withering considers the actions of One Voice
The One Voice Pharmacy group has urged its locum members to boycott Tesco for two weeks in September after the multiple announced aÂ cut to its hourly rate. Bizarrely, One Voice Pharmacy said that a boycottÂ was not the same as a strike, that locums already arranged should be honoured, and that the last thing they wanted was for Tesco pharmacies to end up without pharmacists.
Iâ€™m confused: what does One Voice Pharmacy actually want, apart from a restoration ofÂ locum rates? If they donâ€™t want pharmaciesÂ to be without pharmacists, what is the point of a boycott, which wonâ€™t work anyway because very few locums are arranged at the last minute?
In their actions, I see a microcosm of whatâ€™s happening between community pharmacy and the DH: it wants to cut our remuneration, but we lack both the resolveÂ and the unity to make an effective response, and, to make matters worse, the messages that come from the world of pharmacy are often confused and counter-productive. There exists a supreme example of an organisation that represents its members with a united voice: the BMA. When are we going to learn to be more like them?
Withering is the pen name of a practising independent community pharmacist. Witheringâ€™s views are not necessarily those of ICP
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