Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 29, 2017

I will just picture my experience and someone can easily find out how important is the change to make for the pharmacist. I work 40 to 50 hours in a week and we do almost 600 to 900 prescription a day. Most of the patient here are seniors who has tons of questions and confusions. People call it a zoo. Now nobody is expecting quick or immediate dispensing. However, everyone will be more than happy if they gets the prescription at the earliest. In this tremendous pressure, if the pharmacist doesn't get any break (for may be food or rest), chance of making errors are very likely and one mistake is enough to cause damage. Also in this set up, maximum 8 hours is enough otherwise the nervous breakdown can happen. one of our senior pharmacist has already requested to get early retirement. Pharmacist will definitely work over time when needed but overtime pay should be made as like others. This is i think very basic need. This is novel profession however some of the middleman is taking all the butter out of the income of the pharmacist as now the supply got higher than the demand (I think). But to keep this profession novel for long time, there should be a minimum wage which may be 50 dollars range. As the minimum wage is getting higher to 15 dollars from next year, there would be a huge inflation and this is to cope up this situation. Personal emergency leave is also very important. Nobody wants to get that leave for no reason and that reason is very strong when the pharmacist need to take it. Now there may be situation where there is only one pharmacy around and patient may need to wait for break hours of the pharmacist. I think this is also reasonable as Pharmacist is a human being and not a robot. Nobody wants to make error and situation has impact on making errors.

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