It wouldn't be so bad, if I had a pay rise, if the cost of living wasn't also going up, and if I even felt like the council were doing anything for the average community pharmacist like myself. Perhaps I am ignorant to what they are achieving, but the one thing they need to be absolutely charging ahead against is discount pharmacies. It's frustrating to imagine most of the money I pay is going toward aspects of pharmacy that don't have anything to do with me, and the main issue addressing all community pharmacy, and making a lot of us scared for our careers, feels like it's barely being addressed. There's not going to be a pharmacist job for me if this pharmacy closes down due to pressure from the discounters nearby. The council won't get a cent from me if I'm no longer a pharmacist.
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