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

Pharmacy Technician  ·  Nov. 6, 2015

I thank you for providing us with an opportunity to share some of our insight and comments on the proposed fees for Hospital Inspection.

Since the inspection process and the regulation of Hospital Pharmacies was mandated by the Ontario government I understand that additional resources had to be developed to support this initiative. In my experience in both hospital and retail I have also been involved with both types of inspections. Currently in our organization there are 2 sites, each with pharmacies, one serves as the main Pharmacy and the other as a satellite, both were visited by the Accreditors. Overall the inspection process was 7 hours at the main site and 3 hours at the satellite, with policies and procedures duplicated at both pharmacies. Overall our inspection process was positive, and the reviews and recommendations were appreciated.

Since this initial inspection was based on defining baseline levels, subsequent inspections will focus on quality and adherence to standards. As hospitals are non-profit and publically funded any operational increase will draw on a perpetual shrinking budget. The difference in the proposed fee structure between retail vs hospital is five times more for the non-profit organizations. Hospitals are already plagued with rising costs, significant budget cuts, and a reduction in staff which directly impacts patient care. Imposing these fees will result in a further reduction of staff and possibly the elimination of some of the satellite sites and a loss of pharmacy presence altogether.

My recommendation would be to align the fee structure already in place for retail with that of hospital and to reconsider those organizations with more than one site. I urge you to reconsider the fee structure for hospitals and ask that the OCP would not contribute to the economic hardship that hospitals and hospital pharmacies are facing.

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