The following situations are based on the day-to-day practice of a pharmacy technician running a community pharmacy. The question of honesty will feature throughout.
The pharmacy technician has been working hard all day and is working late. The company policy is that no employee should ever be alone in the business premises. Lone working could be considered gross misconduct by this company.
The prescriptions are stacking up; in fact the pharmacy team are approximately three days behind with dispensing the prescriptions collected from the local surgery. The pharmacy technician decides reluctantly to stay late by himself to complete a compliance aid for an elderly patient due to be collected in the morning.
The next day the area manager arrives unexpectedly. He asks the pharmacy technician if he had done any lone working in the last few days, weeks or months. Our pharmacy technician says no. It turns out that a dispenser had seen lights on and phoned the store manager. The store manager visited the shop later that night, but by that time the pharmacy technician had locked up and gone home.
What sanction should this pharmacy technician be subject to?
No action 15.38% (20 votes)
A verbal warning from the employer 76.92% (100 votes)
A final written warning from the employer 6.15% (8 votes)
Dismissal by the employer 1.54% (2 votes)
Would you report the pharmacy technician to the GPhC on this occasion?
Yes 4.76% (6 votes)
No 95.24% (120 votes)