Thursday, November 16, 2006

'Silent exodus' will greet rejection of pay demands: pharmacists

I hope pharmacists in Newfoundland will be able to earn a higher wage. However, if pharmacists are sufficiently dissatisfied with the pay and there is no hope for improvement, they should vote with their feet and move to a job that pays them the wage they feel they deserve. There is a shortage of pharmacists pretty much everywhere in North America, so they have options. Ultimately, if pharmacists are serious about wanting a pay raise and move away, Newfoundland pharmacies will have to obey the laws of supply and demand and increase pay accordingly.

From CBC News:
The Newfoundland and Labrador government has turned down hospital-based pharmacists' requests for greater pay, even though professionals have been leaving for higher pay elsewhere and competitions for some vacancies have drawn no applicants.

Finance Minister Loyola Sullivan said the government does not currently have the resources to make hospital pharmacists' salaries competitive with rates in other provinces. ...more

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