Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 18, 2017

It is certainly time for a change - a change that will distinguish the PROFESSION of pharmacy from the BUSINESS of pharmacy. We need to have the exemptions removed in order for change to occur and for the public and corporate administration to understand our needs. Frankly, I am quite tired of being "the most accessible health care professional" - this basically translates to being available to the ever-consuming public every minute of your working shift. We have all heard the comments..."What? I have to wait 15 minutes for a flu shot? " etc. etc. I honestly think that the general public has no idea that we, in retail pharmacy, do not get breaks or lunches. I have had so many customers comment: "Eating again? haha.." while I stuff a half-sandwich in my mouth as I am standing at my terminal, checking prescriptions, and a methadone client waits for his dose and the assistant tells me there are 2 flu shots waiting.. yep, that's right - I don't get a lunch break. Will public safety be compromised? - no way. Timely care? - not affected Quality of pharmacy care? - improved, most likely. Time for a change.

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