Pharmacists demand cadre-review, hiring on World Pharmacy Day
TNN | Sep 25, 2018, 23:05 IST
Dehradun: All the 1,500 pharmacists across different health facilities in Uttarakhand conducted a massive drive of distributing fruits among patients admitted in the government hospitals marking World Pharmacy Day on Tuesday.
The theme of this year’s Pharmacy Day was -- ‘Pharmacist, your medicine expert’. While celebrating the day today, district chairperson of the Diploma Pharmacist Association, Uttarakhand, Sudha Kukreti, highlighted the demands of pharmacists working in the state.
On the occasion, the pharmacists said that they were not getting appropriate ranks, salary revisions and perks linked to cadre-review despite being one of the largest paramedical cadres in the state.
“The day has its importance across the globe. We work under the aegis of International Federation of Pharmacists. The role of pharmacists in the medical field is very well-defined. We wish that these roles and guidelines are implemented in Uttarakhand too,” Kukreti said.
“There has been no cadre review for the past 18 years. So, there is no new hiring. Majority of students of pharmacy are struggling to get jobs in the department. Neither any permanent post has been created nor they have any plans to do so, as it looks.” added Kukreti.
Pharmacists said that in rural Uttarakhand they are functioning as the backbone of health system, yet their role is “undermined by the entire system”.
“We act as life saviors of villagers in the hills. We are made to work like doctors, but not given any credits for it,” said another pharmacist requesting anonymity.