Feedback for Implementation of Continuous Quality Assurance for Medication Safety

Pharmacist  ·  April 7, 2017

A lot of good points have been made that I agree with. I support a mandatory reporting system, and evaluation of these reports that lead to recommendations and change. I think the reports should be made directly to ISMP, as they have a huge amount of expertise in this and have the infrastructure and dissemination means to support this initiative. They will likely need increased funding and staff.

I want to focus my comments on the Ontario Government's role in this. If my calculations are correct, there have been $1.25 billion in cuts to pharmacies in recent years. It is also my understanding that there are 2,000 pharmacists out of work in the province, and wages have plummeted by as much as 40 to 50% in some areas. I personally have been unemployed since being laid off because of the cuts 3 years ago. I've had to leave the province to look for work, which after 8 months I have finally secured a job in a very small town in Alberta, albeit in retail rather than in my specialty field of psychiatry and addictions.

The pharmacy staff that remain after the cuts are understaffed, overworked, overwhelmed and burnt out. It is a small wonder that there are errors. It is high time that the government take responsibility for their major role in this!

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