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UK pharmacist searches for work

September 26, 2021 Comments Off on UK pharmacist searches for work By admin

UK pharmacists are looking for work amid the global pharmacist shortage, according to a report by the Tippetts Centre for Pharmaceutical Research (TIPP).

The report, entitled ‘Pharmacist Search for Work: UK’ suggests that the number of vacancies for the industry has risen by almost half in the past year, with some pharmacists unable to find work in their field due to the shortage of qualified pharmacists.

Pharmacy jobsThe report states that the average number of pharmacy jobs in the UK has risen from 1,826 in 2012 to 2,025 in 2015.

This year, the report suggests that 1,000 more jobs are needed to fill the gap, and there are currently 3,300 vacancies.

“There are now more vacancies in pharmacy than there were in 2007, and more vacancies than there have ever been before.

This is an increase of 50,000 jobs,” TIPP said.

Pharma shortagesThe report also points out that the UK is in a similar situation to Australia, with the country struggling to maintain its supply of qualified staff.

In Australia, the Pharmacy Council of Australia said in March that the shortage is so severe that the country’s primary care pharmacy had to temporarily suspend its operations in order to ensure supplies are sufficient.

“We believe that the acute shortage of pharmacists in Australia is exacerbated by the global supply shortage and the fact that pharmacists have to choose between continuing to work in a profession they love and taking up family responsibilities,” the group said.

“As a result, pharmacists find it difficult to choose which profession to continue to practice, and their decision-making skills are severely compromised.”

The report recommends that the Pharmaceutical Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA) provide a new policy to ensure that pharmacist vacancies are filled, which would require a new contract, which could mean that pharmacistic jobs would have to be retrenched.

“Pharmaceutical jobs are critical to providing affordable health care to patients across the country, and pharmacists play a vital role in the delivery of healthcare to their communities,” Tippets CEO Dr Simon Bowers said.

The Pharmacy Society of Australia has also urged the PSRA to adopt a similar policy.

“With a shortage of skilled pharmacists available across the industry, there is a real risk that pharmacy jobs will be lost in the next few years as a result of this global supply crisis,” Pharmacy Secretary, Tom Young, said.

“The pharmacists working in Australia’s primary health care system need a fair contract that is tailored to their needs, and to ensure they are paid fair wages, with a focus on keeping costs down.”

It is also vital that we continue to invest in the training of pharmacistic staff, particularly in areas like pharmacy.

“In recent months, there have been a number of recent examples of pharmacist retirements.

In December, the CEO of British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline announced that the company would lay off 10,000 pharmacists and that it would be re-hiring them in the coming months.

Earlier in the year, British drug company Eli Lilly announced that it was going to lay off a further 3,000 doctors and pharmacologists in a bid to balance its books.

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