The debate goes on

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AJP readers have reacted strongly to our recent story on pharmacists planning to quit the profession

Our recent story ‘More pharmacists planning to quit‘ has attracted a large number of comments from readers, with many readers expressing their displeasure with many aspects of the profession.

Here’s a selection of these comments:

“The penny has dropped. ECP pharmacists and students have finally realised that being a pharmacist is highly stressful, high risk, large responsibility for peanuts pay.

Why on earth any new student in their right mind would wilfully choose to begin studying or working in pharmacy is beyond me. I would certainly not encourage my children to study pharmacy, in fact I would actively discourage them”.


“2 problems as I see it: low wages and poor conditions.

Point 1 fault PPA. The inability of the PPA to negotiate a professional wage for its members is staggering. When a healthy proportion of guild members like myself fully support our employed colleagues it makes me wonder.

Point 2 relevant regulatory authority. To ensure appropriate workloads are maintained not just dispensing rates. This includes DAA’s packing/checking vaccinations etc. The failure of these 2 groups has led us to the situation today. The regulators absence in ensuring that ownership rules are maintained borders on negligence at worst and laziness at best”.

Paul Sarpadanis

“….wasn’t it Guild opposition at the latest review of the award that prevented any significant changes to the award? I’m probably paraphrasing, but I remember arguments such as “pharmacists don’t contribute any more to the business model than they did in 1999” as reasons for their success.

I am happy to be corrected, but it certainly wasn’t a positive message to those of us who aren’t Guild members”.

Andrew Kelly

“Any job for it to satisfy employee needs to address three things properly. Remuneration, autonomy, organisational culture.

I have worked in clinical settings in hospitals and found them to be extremely toxic and dangerous. One of the reasons is the hyper-competition between the pharmacy department members to stay in a desired job compared to community pharmacy. [Plus] an unrealistic workload which endangers your registration, professional favouritism where medical professionals and nurses are always of the hook while pharmacists cope the blame, endless office politics….

So as you see, the job is clinical which should make it interesting .However add to it all of these elements and you will find it as toxic as any other non-clinical job”.

Tamer Ahmed

“I love being a pharmacist. But the culture needs to change. We need clear career pathways and greater incentives.

Why isn’t it standard for all owners to contribute to registration fees, CPD, retention bonuses, and such? Why do pharmacists feel so afraid to ask for what they are worth?

That is the real problem: 30,000 pharmacists and most of them have no idea just how valuable they really are. It’s almost as though the big guys planned it to be this way all along”.

The Pharmacy Mentor

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