The Pharmacy Guild is proposing to change its membership model based on premises alone.
In this week’s edition of Forefront, the Guild has flagged that its members will soon receive referendum ballot papers for the Guild National Council’s plan to move to a new membership model.
“At present, the membership system applies a fee to premises as well as proprietors,” the Guild says.
“The new premises-based model aligns the Guild with the fact that pharmacies are increasingly owned by multiple proprietors. The proprietor fee will cease.
“It is simpler, fairer and more equitable, and would apply from the 2017/18 financial year.”
Guild members can access full details of the proposal in the voting paper pack which is expected to arrive at members’ pharmacy addresses shortly, to coincide with the voting period, which runs from 14 November until 12 December 2016.
Under the proposed change, the subscriptions paid by more than three-quarters of Guild Member proprietors will be reduced.