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Pharmacists Threatened Country Wide Agitation if Demands not Accepted

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Pharmacist`s Charter of Demands; SOS- Disparity Between Health Professionals in Relation to Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Review (www.pharmareview.wordpress.com). It has been quoted by the Media that the Prime Minister has announced a new service structure for health professionals in which they have introduced new pay scales and have given the Medics (Doctors) a variation from a pay scale of 9-13 while the Pharmacists are kept at a lower pay scale starting from 8; affecting a total of 25000 Pharmacists in the country.

I would like to bring to your kind attention that, a Pharmacist seeks a degree of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) after 17 years of education along with extensive trainings. Pharmacy is a practising profession all over world which is very diverse in nature that is there is no difference in professional practice and jobs in comparison with medics.

Talking about the curriculum of PharmD, it is extensive and includes detailed medical sciences and pharmaceutical sciences along with Biotechnology, Mathematics and Statistics. The curriculum is consisting of 210 credit hours which is the highest Undergraduate course in Pakistan. Moreover, Pharmacists enter into service after vigorous practical training in clinical pharmacy, pharmaceutics, Pharmacology and pharmacoepidemilogy.

This is the reason all developed world including UK, USA, Australia and Europe accept/recognise and allow practising Pakistan’s Pharmacy Degree.

You are kindly requested to raise your voice and convey the following demands to Provincial and Federal Governments

 1                 Pharmacist should be treated at par with medics (Doctors) in pay scale and non practising allowance. They should also be given SPS 9 at entry level and should be Further Promoted up to a highest level of SPS 13.

2                 Pharmacist should also be provided a payed residence based Training in Hospital like House Jobs for medical graduates.

3                 Pharmacist should be included in the any decision making committee or commission established to decide the futures of Health Professionals.

I as a the President of Pakistan Pharmacist Association, a legal representative body of pharmacist under Pharmacy Act of 1967, request you to guide/advise the authorities to review the decision and protect the nation from depriving of standard health care services, as the wastage of billions dollar investment in health system is due to the missing link of pharmacy. We request you to please protect morale and dignity of pharmacy profession and expect an impartial response from your good office.

Looking forward for your kind response.

Sincerely,

Syed Khalid Saeed Bukhari; President; Pakistan Pharmacist Association. 488 G, Johar Town, Lahore, Pakistan. Tel.: 0092 300 4005935, 0092 423 5894365. Email: skhs77@gmail.com, www.ppapak.com


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Pharmacists of Islamabad and Rawalpindi Protested for Their Professional and Constitutional Rights

Pharmaceutival Review (www.pharmareveiw.wordpress.com). Pharmacists of Islamabad/ Rawalpindi; Ripha, Humdard & University of Lahore has successfully protest in Islamabad on April 21, 2011. It was highly appreciated that pharmacists are unionizing for their professional and constitutional rights. They gathered for the betterment of health care system in Pakistan. Pharmacists are the back bone of health care system. The pictorial review of the scene is as under;

 


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President of PPA Has Addressed a Letter to the Federal Secretary; Ms Nargis Sethi on 13th April 2011, Entitled “SOS- Disparity between Health Professionals with relation to Pharmacy”

Pharmaceutical Review (www.pharmareview.wordpress.com). President of PPA has addressed a letter to the Federal Secretary; Ms Nargis Sethi, date:13th April 2011, Subject “SOS- Disparity between Health Professionals with relation to Pharmacy”, as under;

Dear Madam,

It has been quoted by the Media that the Prime Minister has announced a new service structure for health professionals in which they have introduced new pay scales and have given the Medics (Doctors) a variation from a pay scale of 9-13 while the Pharmacists are kept at a lower pay scale starting from 7. 

I would like to bring to your kind attention that, a Pharmacist gets a degree of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) after 17 years of education, which includes primary and secondary education till 12th grade and then 5 years of professional education. This is no different than what doctors do.

 Talking about the curriculum of PharmD, it is extensive and includes detailed medical sciences and pharmaceutical sciences along with Biotechnology, Mathematics and Statistics. The curriculum is consisting of 210 credit hours which is the highest Undergraduate course in Pakistan. Moreover, Pharmacists enter into service after vigorous practical training. This is the reason all developed world including UK, USA, Australia and Europe accept Pakistan’s Pharmacy Degree.

 I as a the President of Pakistan Pharmacist Association, which is a legal representative body of pharmacist under Pharmacy Act of 1967, Request you to reconsider your decision and treat pharmacist at par with the Medics (doctors). We expect an impartial response from your office. We also request you to give us a time for a meeting with you so we can discuss these issues in detail.

 Looking forward to your response.

 Sincerely,

 SYED KHALID SAEED BUKHARI, President, Pakistan Pharmacist Association, 488 G, Johar Town, Lahore, Pakistan. 0092 300 4005935 0092 423 5894365. Emails: skhs77@gmail.com, www.ppapak.com

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An Open Letter of Syed Khalid Saeed Bukhari, President, Pakistan Pharmacist Association

Pharmaceutical Review (www.pharmareview.wordpress.com). President of PPA has addressed a letter to the Principal Secretary; Mr. Khusnood AkhtarLashari, dated 13th April 2011, subject “SOS- Disparity between Health Professionals with relation to Pharmacy” as under;

Dear Sir,

It has been quoted by the Media that the Prime Minister has announced a new service structure for health professionals in which they have introduced new pay scales and have given the Medics (Doctors) a variation from a pay scale of 9-13 while the Pharmacists are kept at a lower pay scale starting from 7. 

I would like to bring to your kind attention that, a Pharmacist gets a degree of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) after 17 years of education, which includes primary and secondary education till 12th grade and then 5 years of professional education. This is no different than what doctors do.

 Talking about the curriculum of PharmD, it is extensive and includes detailed medical sciences and pharmaceutical sciences along with Biotechnology, Mathematics and Statistics. The curriculum is consisting of 210 credit hours which is the highest Undergraduate course in Pakistan. Moreover, Pharmacists enter into service after vigorous practical training. This is the reason all developed world including UK, USA, Australia and Europe accept Pakistan’s Pharmacy Degree.

 I as a the President of Pakistan Pharmacist Association, which is a legal representative body of pharmacist under Pharmacy Act of 1967, Request you to reconsider your decision and treat pharmacist at par with the Medics (doctors). We expect an impartial response from your office. We also request you to give us a time for a meeting with you so we can discuss these issues in detail.

 Looking forward to your response.

Sincerely,

 SYED KHALID SAEED BUKHARI, President, Pakistan Pharmacist Association, 488 G, Johar Town, Lahore, Pakistan. 0092 300 4005935 0092 423 5894365. Email: skhs77@gmail.com, www.ppapak.com

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Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani Approved Summary of New Career Path for Health Professionals, with Young Doctors Joining the Government Service.

Pharmaceutical Review (www.pharmareview.wordpress.com). Staff Reporter; Dawn News 12 April, 2011. The capital’s young doctors working in public hospitals will get significantly higher salaries and a new service structure from July 1 this year, two demands for which they went on strike last month. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday approved a summary on a new career path for health professionals, with young doctors joining the government service in grade 9 – equivalent to BPS-18 – with minimum salary package of Rs75,000 per month.

Nargis Sethi, secretary health, told Dawn that “the professional career structure for doctors will now have grades 1-13”. Young doctors will be inducted in grade 9 and get around Rs75,000 per month. Doctors currently join the federal government hospitals in BPS-17 with a starting salary of around Rs25,000 to Rs30,000 per month. For almost a month, Young Doctors Association’s strike brought the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) and Polyclinic to a standstill. Demanding bet ter service structure and higher salaries, young doctors’ strike in March created immense difficulties for patients. Under the new package, paramedics, nurses, and pharmacists have been placed in grades 1-7. Similarly senior doctors in grade 13 – equivalent to BPS22 – would get around Rs200,000 or more per month.

Ms Sethi said Prime Minister Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari had discussed the young doctors’ demands and concerns. “PM Gilani has approved the health ministry’s summary.” She said under the summary approved by the prime minister, the doctors and other health professionals would have a separate service structure. “The decision will come into effect from July 1.” But she also added that the financial impact of the decision was being discussed by the finance, establishment, and health secretaries. The secretary added that with the approval of the summary, around 100 or more doctors would be inducted at the federal level. “Now doctors will get promotion on merit and the best of them will serve in grade 13, which is equivalent to BPS-22.” She said the Pay and Pension Commission of the federal government had endorsed the government’s decision for streamlining the “highly regarded profession of doctors”.

A senior Pims doctor, requesting anonymity, termed the government move a landmark decision for medical profession. He asked the provincial governments to follow the federal initiative to resolve the concerns of doctors. YDA members at PIMS and Polyclinic also lauded the government decision. “With contractual doctors getting regular jobs and several of our senior doctors moving to a next grade is a great move” said Dr Owais Nizami, a key member of YDA. The prime minister on Monday told the National Assembly that the ‘medical practitioners’ working on contract will be regularized.