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Pharmacists under 'too much' pressure

18th August 2008

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has warned that pharmacists are facing too much pressure and this could impact on patients.


The increase in pharmacists’ workload has come as a result of the amount of prescriptions rising by 60% over the last 10 years to 800 million per year.

Pharmacists have also had to carry out drug reviews where they speak to patients for 15 minutes to ensure they are taking medicines correctly.

In order to remove pressure from GPs, patients have been urged to speak to their pharmacist about minor illnesses.

The union stated that money was not being paid out by the government to match the increase in workload.

Although money allocated for pharmacies has increased in the health service budget, the PDA have said it "should have increased more quickly to fund the extra duties".

The PDA have begun a "stress audit" in order to ascertain how pharmacists are coping with their increased workload.

Early results have shown that over three quarters of pharmacists (78%) said they had to work "intensely" regularly or all the time.

John Murphy, the head of the PDA, said: "We are getting concerned at the amount of work pharmacists are being asked to do."

"We welcome the extra responsibilities but this should be matched by funding. Without it, there is a risk that patient care will suffer."


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