Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 23, 2017

The profession has spoken. The all too typical scenario of pharmacists dealing with punishing workloads without breaks is unsafe for the public that we serve. Those of us who grab a quick bite in the dispensary (so that we don't pass out from hunger) introduce a new hazard--food allergens. Therefore, pharmacists should have a break away from any patient care areas. As for access to timely care, patients may have to wait for a few minutes when a pharmacist is on break. This is a small inconvenience balanced against increased safety. Quality of pharmacy care? It is likely to improve unless pharmacy retailers try to recoup "reduced labour productivity" as they have done in the past--less tech support, quotas for "professional" services that do not serve patients and reduced wages driving experienced, competent and credentialed (CDE, CRE, CTE, etc.)pharmacists out of retail pharmacy.

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