Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 20, 2017

It is absolutely a risk to patient safety for pharmacists to work without at least a meal break. We did not need this legally guaranteed back in the days of pharmacist overlap and good support staff. The current demands on a retail pharmacist during any given workday are very stressful. Our 'professional advocates' highlight our expanded services, our accessibility, and continue to push for our profession to do more to ease the burden on a strained healthcare system. Meanwhile in the workplace pharmacists have also become cashiers,receptionists,personal shoppers,shelf-stockers as well as providing meds checks, flu shots, diabetes specialists and of course filling prescriptions. We find ourselves working alone or with 1 assistant for 8 hours or more and we cannot get to the washroom or have a bite to eat. This creates stress,fatigue,headaches,nausea and ultimately affects concentration and judgement. This is having a direct impact on patient safety, contributing to errors. Does the public realize the pharmacist filing their prescription at 10pm has not eaten since breakfast? We can't control our workflow by appointments, we are not given time for basic personal needs in the workplace. We are burning out and our trusted professional image and patient care are suffering.

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