Once again, these green shoots and genuine leadership are emerging from Scotland.
If we, as pharmacists, don’t fully understand our identity – which I think we don’t – then we should not be surprised when the general public doesn’t either.
Are community pharmacists trying to protect their EHC secret treasure? What are the reasons we don’t currently allow the public to self select EHC?
If you work in community pharmacy, you’ll be familiar with the patient returns situation. If not, you need to know what is going on.
I’ll level with you. I get really nervous when healthcare professionals, not just pharmacists, start describing encounters online they have had with patients in practice. Maybe I’m too cautious but I feel that patient confidentiality is something that we need to protect with rigour and vigour. I reckon the protection of patient confidentiality is one of the most precious aspects of being a pharmacist. The inception of the internet and the proliferation of the use of social media by pharmacists and other healthcare professionals has presented some challenges in this area.
To put the present state of community pharmacy into context we need to go back in time a bit. Before 2005, owning a pharmacy was basically a licence to print money. It was virtually impossible not to be profitable. But then a new contractual framework for community pharmacies was introduced in April 2005. […]
Community Pharmacy is not just keeping up with the pace of change. It is driving it.
There’s so much outrage on the go at the moment but I have to say the amount money drained from the NHS via the oversupply of medication must be staggering and largely unmeasured.
Low pay, targets, performance management and no lunch break. Some complain of feeling guilty for taking a toilet break. The miserable conditions many community pharmacists have to put up with have been well documented in pharmacy circles. That said, really very little has changed in community pharmacy in the last 30 years.
Did you know that the membership of the Pharmacist Defence Association (PDA) has almost doubled since 2010?