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The Salvadore
Vol 272 No 7301 p685
29 May 2004

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Guidance wanted on rest breaks for pharmacy staff

Specific guidance to pharmacy owners to ensure that provision is made for appropriate breaks to be taken by staff when working long shifts was called for from the Society's Council.

Proposing a motion to that effect, Brenda Ecclestone (Cheltenham and Gloucester) said that it was not in the patient’s best interests for a pharmacist to work without rest breaks. Doing so infringed the European Community working hours directive, which encouraged a 20-minute break away from the working area after six hours of continuous work.

Seconding the motion, Elizabeth Doran (British Pharmaceutical Students Association) said that, as a sometime locum, she had been expected to do 14-hour shifts by herself without a break.

Tony Pugh (Brighton) said that employers had been taken to court for abuse of human rights for making staff work a 12-hour non-break shift.

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