Feedback for Proposed Revisions to By-law No 3 — Fees & Public Register

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 5, 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed application and annual renewal fees for hospital pharmacies. My comments are as follows:

  1. It is not clear to me what will be the total cost for the hospital to have the pharmacy accredited. I am assuming that the application fee of $3,000 is a one-time cost. On an annual basis would the hospital be required to pay both the issuance and annual renewal fees, or is the issuance fee a one-time cost with the application fee?

  2. At GRH, there are three pharmacy areas. At the KW campus, there is the inpatient pharmacy and the Cancer Centre pharmacy. At the Freeport campus, there is a small inpatient pharmacy which is a satellite of the main inpatient pharmacy at the KW campus. Will the proposed fees cover all three areas at the two sites, or will each area be required to pay the fees separately? Please clarify as there is a significant budgetary impact between $11,000 and $33,000.

  3. Our hospital has had to cut $5.8 million from its budget this fiscal year and pharmacy services is required to cut an additional $150,000 from the pharmacy budget for 16/17. Every additional expenditure, such as these proposed fees, is very difficult to accommodate and there will be no choice but to decrease staffing to meet our budget since our supplies budget is very lean and we have had our discretionary funding frozen.

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