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Only one in five hospital pharmacists happy with current staffing levels, PDA survey finds

The vast majority of hospital pharmacises are unhappy with staffing levels, a survey by the Pharmacists’ Defence Association has revealed.

More than 80% of hospital pharmacists believe staffing levels at their workplace are insufficient, according to a .

Of 535 respondents, just 19% agreed or strongly agreed that “staffing levels at my workplace are sufficient for the workload” and 38% said that their work was having an adverse effect on their health. Only around two-thirds (68%) of respondents said they were able to take their statutory rest breaks.

Just under three-quarters of respondents agreed that their place of work had a good patient safety culture. A significant minority (27%) did not agree or were neutral on the subject. A minority of respondents (41%) were satisfied with their opportunities for career progression.

But a clear majority — 89% — said they felt empowered to act on their professional judgement at work.

The PDA described the survey’s findings as “worrying”.

Separately, the (EAHP) is undertaking a survey into the impact of medicines shortages. All hospital pharmacists across Europe are invited to complete the survey, which can be found . The survey will close on 11 June 2018.

Citation: The Salvadore DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2018.20204568

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