Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Dec. 14, 2017

Pharmacists should have a normal lunch! Period! It’s unhumane and a shame. We already work in fast pace, stressful environment. There are more and more expectations from us to provide different services. How can anyone expect any human being to go 8,10,12 hours without proper break to eat and just clear your mind while expected to keep sharp thinking and not make any mistakes?!? It’s only a matter of time until this will cost the loss of some innocent life and then everyone will sufently wake up and new regulations will finally come to light. As far as pharmacy being closed for lunch and patients not having direct access to pharmacy for 30 minuets - I say; So What?!? In Europe every bank, pharmacy, small shop etc. are closed for 1 hour lunch. And?... everyone is perfectly happy. If a patient is discharged from a hospital, then they would have had the medications at the hospital and will probably not need another dose for hours, so what a lousy 30 minutes will change? Some of the arguments against closing for lunch, where small pharmacies are located in secluded locations with only one pharmacy in town are irrelevant. If a patient was discharged in the middle of the night no one would come in to open the pharmacy to fill their prescription, they would have to make arrangements and come in the morning. so why a lousy 30 minutes in the middle of the day should be treated any differently? I miscarried my first pregnancy thanks to these conditions at work, would work days without any tech help, was so busy that I never had a chance to eat. What kind of patient centred, pharmaceutical care can a pharmacist working under such conditions provide? How easy would it be to not notice a small detail that could cost someone their life? It’s a matter of patient safety.

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