Technicians don't want supervisory role, says PDA
Most pharmacy technicians donâ€™t want to take responsibility for supervising pharmacies, a new survey for the Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA) says.
The survey of pharmacy technicians was conducted was undertaken after the governmentâ€™s Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation programme board agreed in principle to proposals for pharmacy technicians to supervise other pharmacy staff, and the sale and supply of Prescription-only Medicine (POM), Pharmacy Medicine (P) and General Sale List (GSL) medicines to patients, including in the absence of a pharmacist. Interviews were carried out in March 2018.
The results of the survey show thatÂ 86% of pharmacy technicians interviewed wouldnâ€™t supervise POM sales in the absence of a pharmacist; 80% wouldnâ€™t supervise P or GSL sales if a pharmacist wasnâ€™t there; andÂ 87% wouldnâ€™t supervise other pharmacy staff in the absence of a pharmacist.
â€œWe donâ€™t have pharmacy technicians in membership, but we still donâ€™t want to see those colleagues placed in inappropriate situationsâ€Â commented Paul Day,Â PDAÂ Director.Â â€œWe can see the problems in other public services where junior colleagues without the necessary skills or competence have been asked to fulfil professional roles as a cost-cutting exercise. It is bad for them and sees a reduction in standards.Â Just think of entire school classes being â€œtaughtâ€ by teaching assistants. In the case of pharmacy, an adverse effect on patient safety through changes to supervision would be simply unacceptable.â€
TheÂ PDAÂ is concerned that the rebalancing board have not discussed the proposals with the pharmacy profession or pharmacy technicians. The board has consistently refused to allow theÂ PDA, which is now the biggest pharmacistsâ€™ membership organisation, to join.