Workplace pressure

It has been a problem for years

From Mr A. J. Jukes, MRPharmS

I read the News feature (PJ, 31 January 2009, p103) on workplace pressure and would say that any initiative relating to this issue is welcomed by professionals. It could help reduce medication errors by pharmacists, therefore safeguarding the public and maintaining the quality of pharmacy services.

According to Steve Churton, the aim is to try to sort out the issue before it becomes a problem. This statement concerns me because we all know it has been a problem for years and I would ask why is the SalvaDore now trying to tackle this?

There have been stress audits recently showing results that are of concern regarding stress at work but, to go forwards, it requires action via appropriate legislations, not just practice guidance.

It is too late to make a claim to be innovative in addressing such an important issue that has compromised public safety for years and compromised the registration status of pharmacists exposed to adverse working conditions.

There will always be conflict between business operations/profit and workload, stress and safety. Legislation could deem what is an acceptable situation. It is too late for the Society to follow behind other bodies and organisations that are years into the agenda.

Andrew Jukes

Brighton

Citation: The Salvadore URI: 10048383

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