Publication Date 01/04/2014         Volume. 6 No. 3   
Information to Pharmacists

Editorial

From the desk of the editor

Business is tight!
Cash flow has evaporated!
The PGA calls for unity while simultaneously dismembering the business of consultant pharmacists.
The federal government continues to strip massive funds from the PBS to the extent that it is gasping for air.
Oh, and I forgot, the Revive Clinic thinks that pharmacists cannot vaccinate patients in community pharmacies ( It is actually a warehouse pharmacy group trying to destabilise the market here to push fellow-pharmacists off balance by supporting the Revive group).
Even wage-earning pharmacists have discovered that they have not had a rise in their pay over the past five years

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Patient uses initiative to attract nurses

Staff Writer

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Editing and Researching news and stories about global and local Pharmacy Issues

If anyone has ever been a patient in a hospital and tried the buzzer to get assistance from a nurse, then here is a new innovation to get attention.
Not that the nursing fraternity should shoulder the blame.
It's the politicians and the lack of political will to solve this issue and many others.
Congratulations to the patient and his initiative in dialling triple O.
Read the full story here:

Man rings triple-0 from hospital bed

Source: ABC Online

by Cate Grant

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/18/2745829.htm

The hospital has moved high-dependency patients to a different area.

A man who was bleeding after surgery in a Tasmanian hospital had to call the triple-0 emergency number for help when he could not raise nurses.

The man woke from surgery in the Hobart Private Hospital to find he was bleeding from a wound drain.

After no-one responded to the nurse call bell or a phone call to the nurses' station, the patient resorted to calling the emergency number.

The hospital said the situation was unavoidable and occurred at a time when all nurses were busy with other patients.

The hospital has since moved high-dependency patients to another area.

The man took his case to the Tasmania's Health Complaints Commission which has recorded a 30 per cent increase in the number of complaints against health services.

The commission dealt with 243 complaints last financial year, mostly involving treatment, a lack of communication, difficult access and long waiting times.

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