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  • From the President's Desk - April 2016
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    April 2016

     

    Dear Colleagues,

    Today is 1st April 2016. I hope we have duly earned some rest from the Easter festivities. As I indicated in my last message, we have rolled up our sleeves and it could only remain so as the turbulence, storms, and tides of our present challenges continue to soar.

    I wish to remind all pharmacists that my team remains determined and optimistic to surmount the present difficulties and leave a solid legacy for the future of our noble profession. It will certainly not come easy and rosy and I will continue to plead for, and count on your continuous support, feedback, queries and ideas.

    Nonetheless, as you are aware, we have been at work, striving and pushing towards the creation of a new outlook for pharmacy.

    Nearly all committees and team have set down to work.

    In accordance with our commitment to partner with you on this path, I bring to you, once again, updates on key developments and issues in the last month.

    Pressing Issues

     

    Pharmacy Council New Policy PSGH GB's Recommended Compensation Rate

    This issue remains critical and dear to all of us. Today marks the end of the statutory window for registration of facilities. We are headed to a more crucial and realistic test of the impact of the new policy.

    I believe never in recent history has it been so crucial for us to stand together with Pharmacy Council to strive towards the renewal and revival of the value of the Pharmacist in every facility where pharmaceutical care/services is provided.

    Personally, I believe collaboration achieves more than confrontation. While I welcome the fears, dissent and disagreements from most of our colleagues on this policy, I remain optimistic that a smooth, successful implementation of this new policy will ultimately yield tremendous benefits for us, our image, our practice and our future. Which is why we need to press on, work together, and continue to reflect and explore ways in which we can help and assist the Council to succeed.

    As I indicated last month, it will certainly come at a cost to some of us, myself inclusive. Yet, let us hold deeply to the conviction that we are paying the price to lay the foundations to the future of a fulfilling and secured career in pharmacy for tomorrow. Let us therefore brace ourselves to support the Council.

    On the Governing Board’s proposed rates, I will urge us all to perceive it vis-à-vis the value we bring to any facility. We must be prepared to work, we must be prepared to bring a difference; we must be prepared to impact patients, clients and the facility’s bottom-line; we must be prepared to bring the unique pharmaceutical knowledge and skills that would make the proposed rates and terms woefully inadequate.

    I repeat my previous thought on this: “We are striving to re-write and right years of a wrong social perception, unfortunate attitude and bad practices which has sunk our collective image so much in the past. Legislation alone may not be enough…” so the PSGH as advocacy group and all of us as practitioners must join forces with the regulator, lend a hand, police the system and the policy and make sure that the ultimate aspiration of the practicing pharmacists is tied to the provision of quality pharmaceutical care and services nationwide.


    Interdiction of Pharm. Charles Offei-Palm at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
     

    The recent spate of unfortunate and regrettable decisions, actions and incidents that have sought to undermine our reputation and place in Ghana’s premier hospital seems far from over. While I commend all Pharmacists in Korle Bu who have, in spite of these challenges, remained resolute to serve with distinction, I call on all to remain calm and circumspect in times like these. The PSGH will study the related policies and transcripts of all the interviews and other documents and determine the way forward.

    I will once again, encourage all colleagues to remain loyal and support each other wherever we find ourselves. Whatever happens to anyone of us, happens to all of us and we need each other all the more in these challenging times. Charles need our maximum support and I request that we stay in touch and stand with him in solidarity and our prayers.

    GHOSPA's Single Spine and Conditions of Service Issues

    I am aware that the leadership of GHOSPA met yesterday to deliberate on this  and other matters in Korle Bu. I wish to assure all hospital pharmacists once again that my leadership, my team and my doors remain open to supporting fully all measures that will enable you earn you your due under the Single Spine and the attendant Conditions of Service.

    In spite of the legal constraints that prevent the PSGH from actively taking over the negotiation process, we welcome all ideas or measures that could facilitate GHOSPA’s efforts and will be willing to examine it together and pursue same.

    This is the first issue I touched on in my maiden address at last years’ World Pharmacists Day and I remain fully committed to tackling it as a pharmacist’s problem and not a GHOSPA problem.

    I am advised the Fair Wages and Salary Commission (FWSC) has set up a 5-man Committee to finally resolve the issue. The Negotiation on the Conditions of Service is also progressing, albeit at a rather slow pace.

    I am maintaining a close contact with the leadership of GHOSPA on these matters.


    KNUST Vist: PharmD Program

    Following the visit to KNUST by a joint delegation from PSGH and the Pharmacy Council on 19th February, 2016 to assess progress on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) programme initiated by the University in 2012, the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) convened a meeting where Pharmacy Council and representatives of Pharmacy Training Schools met to deliberate over the Pharm D programme in Ghana.

    It is our hope that the NCTE would give the Pharm D programme its full support to help Pharmacy practice in Ghana make progress in line with general global best practices. continue reading>>>



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