Shorthanded pharmacists 'strained' in England

August 18, 2008

The Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA) union has launched a stress audit of pharmacists.

A 60 percent increase in the number of prescriptions the last decade and disproportionate rise in funding, combined with the added responsibility of taking pressure off of general practitioners, is taking its toll on pharmacists in England.

The Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA) union is worried to the point that it has launched a stress audit of pharmacists.

"We are getting concerned at the amount of work pharmacists are being asked to do," PDA chief John Murphy told the BBC News. "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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