Pharmacist Support has highlighted the pressure impacting pharmacists’ wellbeing as they presented their research findings before the parliament.
In an event held on Monday, Pharmacist Support chief executive Danielle Hunt revealed that an alarming 97 per cent of all potential service users surveyed expressed the need for some form of support from the charity.
The research, commissioned in May 2019, found the impact of funding cuts as the ‘core challenge’ the profession facing today, closely followed by inadequate staffing.
In the case of community pharmacists, 97 per cent of the respondents identified budget cuts as a core challenge. The key issues community pharmacists facing are concerns about mental health and isolation.
The other findings of the research show that 61 per cent of pharmacists needing support with stress at work, 59 percent needing support with their work-life balance and 47 percent needing support in managing their wellbeing.
“92% of our survey respondents agreed that ‘more needs to be done to raise awareness of issues facing the pharmacy profession’ and that Pharmacist Support should be one of the organisations helping to do this. Our event today in Parliament is our first step in proactively contributing to the crucial conversations taking place,” Hunt said.
The charity urged MPs and other attendees to support the #GoGreen4PS campaign, which runs from World Pharmacists Day on September 25 through October 31.