No Tags: PSNC's Sue Sharpe to resign at end of 2017

Ms Sharpe has been chief executive of the negotiator since 2001
Ms Sharpe has been chief executive of the negotiator since 2001
Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) chief executive Sue Sharpe will resign at the end of the year, the negotiator has announced.

Ms Sharpe made the announcement at PSNC's May meeting in London, it posted on its website this afternoon (May 9).

She has held the role since 2001, the negotiator pointed out.

PSNC told C+D it could not comment on the reason for Ms Sharpe's departure or who will replace her.

The Twitter reaction
The NPA's reaction

National Pharmacy Association (NPA) chairman Ian Strachan said the organisation was “indebted” to Ms Sharpe for her years of “tireless service” in the sector.

“Sue stands out as someone who knows how to operate within the corridors of Whitehall, yet also understands the pharmacy frontline and cares deeply about what happens to contractors, pharmacy staff and patients,” Mr Strachan said.

"She is an exceptionally capable leader who will be sorely missed," he added.

What do you make of Ms Sharpe's resignation?

Dilip Shah, Community pharmacist

Sorry to learn Mrs Sue Sharp is leaving. She has worked tirelessly for Pharmacy  and to ensure that we do not loseout on the long run. The challenges fighting the government are always taxing and frustrating most of the times, as the judicial review hearings have demonstated. I would like to wish her good luck and thank her for supporting pharmacy.

Benjamin Leon D'Montigny, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

I'm hoping with fresh blood we will see a fresh approach.

Kishore Patel, Community pharmacist

Can honestly say Ms Sharpe and the PSNC have been extremely poor in their negotiations during her reign. During this period with encouragement from PSNC, a new contract was unanimously accepted and there began the demise of Community Pharmacy. The Committee has been very poor in their negotiations and independent contractors have suffered the most under her reign. Might be time to bring in some new blood as I can't see anything changing with what remains of the PSNC.




Darvis O'Rourke, Locum pharmacist

Can't agree more.  Ms Sharpe along with Barry Andrews and another negotitiated the MUR fiasco that left everybody out of pocket.

Dave Downham, Manager

Not a top "A" grade in English, then?

Uma Patel, Community pharmacist

Sue will be missed. With a weak hand she has played the best possible game of poker with the DoH

Dave Downham, Manager

To keep the poker analogy, does this mean that PSNC has folded?

A Hussain, Senior Management

I think she has been decent of late, but not understanding that the DH were never her mates was a big mistake that we are all paying for.  Being decent unfortunately doesn't get you anywhere when it comes to negotiating.  She continues to almost apologise for taking the DH to court as a last resort when it was 100% the right thing to do.  If the DH thought that there was a possibility of that happening in the first place then we might not have been royally shafted as we have been. 

Ahmed :-), Community pharmacist

Let's get someone better in

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