oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Pharmacist under pressure! ...
extended scope of practice, working hours : practice matters

Volume 77, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



The employer / employee relationship can be difficult, particularly when the employer is a large corporate entity and the employee a dedicated, professional pharmacist. In this particular example it appears that the employer has taken a decision to expand the services of the pharmacy with little or no consultation with the pharmacist who is expected to provide the extended service. This has led to a confrontational situation in which the employer expects the pharmacist to automatically comply and agree to the new working conditions. The pharmacist, on the other hand, feels that her professional independence is threatened unnecessarily. In this article both employer and employee are reminded of their legal and ethical obligations in terms of pharmacy laws. Gerald Jacobs advises from a labour law perspective and I offer some simple suggestions on how to avoid such problems.

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