Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Dec. 1, 2017

These exemptions existing in this current pharmacy environment is basically the provincial government trying to have its cake and eat it, too, at the expense of patient and pharmacist safety. The changes to the reimbursement model for pharmacies that Ontario had implemented have resulted in large corporations trying to minimize their losses by abusing the human rights of pharmacists, which the province has turned a blind eye towards in order extract as much value it can from the profession without the required funding. Pharmacists are being forced to leave their profession because they can not continue to endure the physical and psychological demands that are being placed on them. If something is not done to address the issues that have been created here, the pharmacy profession will die a slow death as no one will wish to enter a career where they must abdicate their fundamental rights in order to earn lower and lower wages. Cancelling these exemptions is a starting point. Greater regulation must exist for pharmacies themselves to ensure they are not setting quotas for professional services as this is not only unethical, but it overburdens the health care system with medreviews that serve no benefit but to profit corporations. It also devalues these services and the profession as a whole.

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