Hospital pharmacist shortage costing millions
The ongoing hospital pharmacist shortage in Quebec is so bad that there are nearly 300 vacant posts across the province and those filling in for those jobs are costing us millions of dollars.
"It's very disturbing," said François Paradis, president of the Quebec Hospital Pharmacists Association. A annual survey they conducted shows that hiring temps over the past year alone cost the province $15-million or the equivalent of 150 full time pharmacists. Paradis said the shortage could also have an impact on patient care and services since the temporary pharmacists only perform basic tasks.
"So all the other activities such as clinical activities that normally that pharmacists do on the different wards, to adjust medication, to make sure that adverse reactions are less severe and so on, those activities are not made," Paradis told CJAD 800 News.
Paradis said they need 115 graduates a year to fill the jobs. So far 75 are in the program. He said the government has to do more to promote the profession among students and to perhaps create a title of medical specialist for those pharmacists.
"If the government comes with us and send a clear message to the students, that, 'Hey, it's an important profession, we need you,' we're sure that it would be more effective."
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