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Research by pharmacists shows that half want to quit because of the working conditions of the coronavirus

HALF of all Australian pharmacists are considering stopping the industry for fear of risking coronavirus

  • Most pharmacists say they are overwhelmed by the demand for coronavirus
  • Others said they were not trained to deal with specific issues with COVID-19
  • Two-thirds of those at risk of quitting blamed their employers for the problems
  • Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19

Half of all Australian pharmacists plan to leave the industry due to heavy workload and unsafe conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.

A union survey of 640 pharmacists found that most are struggling with the influx of coronavirus-related work.

A third of respondents believe that people infected with the virus have visited their pharmacies and only 40 percent have received specific training to deal with the disease.

A survey of 640 pharmacists found that half of them are considering stopping or have already stopped because of the heavy workload and unsafe conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. Depicted is a man entering a pharmacy in Sydney

A survey of 640 pharmacists found that half of them are considering stopping or have already stopped because of the heavy workload and unsafe conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. Depicted is a man entering a pharmacy in Sydney

Gordon Brock, CEO of Professional Pharmacists Australia, said its members were pushed to the limit by employers who did not properly support staff.

“Pharmacists are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19,” he said.

“They must be supported by additional personnel and provided with appropriate training, personal protective clothing and safe working conditions.”

Mr Brock said that the lack of training poses a risk to staff and customers.

Gordon Brock, CEO of Professional Pharmacists Australia, said its members were pushed to the limit by employers who did not properly support staff. Depicted is a pharmacist interacting with a customer in a store in Hornsby, Sydney

Gordon Brock, CEO of Professional Pharmacists Australia, said its members were pushed to the limit by employers who did not properly support staff. Depicted is a pharmacist interacting with a customer in a store in Hornsby, Sydney

Gordon Brock, CEO of Professional Pharmacists Australia, said its members were pushed to the limit by employers who did not properly support staff. Depicted is a pharmacist interacting with a customer in a store in Hornsby, Sydney

One in five pharmacies is not properly disinfected and one in four may not redirect infected people to the national coronavirus hotline.

Two-thirds of pharmacists who are threatening to quit or have already blamed their employer for treating the pandemic.

Nearly three-quarters of pharmacists said their workload had increased significantly.

Forty percent worked extra hours to meet demand, while one in three worked through breaks.

“The failure of employers to properly support pharmacists during the COVID-19 crisis can lead to an exodus from the industry,” said Brock.

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