"Mr McMichael believes the solution lies in pharmacy leadership working to ensure the sector is properly funded."
Could Ian please advise what the Council is doing to ensure that pharmacies are adequately funded?
The pharmacy council doesn't get involved with funding issues, which is more an issue for the Pharmacy Guild and the local Pharmacy Groups.
Ian is more involved with the Pharmaceutical Society, which is about insuring that pharmacists maintain their proper standards by recording their education, via enhance and developing new services which are expanding the scope of practice of pharmacists. PSNZ is also about constantly advocating on behalf of the profession.
PSNZ has worked hard to keep their fees below inflation so that less pressure is put onto pharmacists, financially.
So...when you say "the solution lies in pharmacy leadership working to ensure the sector is properly funded" you're not meaning all pharmacy leaders? ie, just Guild? I don't think anyone in the "leadership group" can absolve themselves of responsiblity here, otherwise it's just a cop out.
I think part of the solution lies in locums falling as a business under the business model which is the Guild and it may have to adapt but it's largely the cost pressures on pharmacies combined with no part time registration options and I think we should have been given funded minor ailments emergency supplies and intervention funding long ago
our help to hold up patients and GP practice is not understood or funded
Our advice should not be linked to commercial sales
we are heading down an obsolete path because of many disrupters in the sector who are trying to make money ... sad really ..
I asked the question is this chemist needed to a client the other day .. even on limited hours I get an overwhelming yes...
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