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JOHANNESBURG, XX June 2019 – While pharmaceutical services have improved, there is still a need to address skills shortages, according to the 2019 PPS Graduate Professional Index (GPI) results.
Sixty-six percent (66%) of respondents thought that access to pharmaceutical services had improved over the past 20 years, but 62% thought there was a skills shortage facing the industry.
A majority of 93% viewed their client interaction as an opportunity to educate the community about medicine, but 88% thought big chains were drowning the community pharmacist. On the National Health Insurance, 86% did not think that it adequately addresses pharmacists.
“On the whole, pharmacists were in the middle when it came to confidence in their profession in the next five years. This is evident in the results where there has been change, while in the others, such as skills there is still room for improvement,” says Motshabi Nomvete, Technical Marketing Specialist at PPS.
PPS conducted an independent survey of 5,837 members at the beginning of 2019 to gauge their perceptions on a number of issues affecting the Engineering, Accounting, Dental, Legal, Medical, Pharmaceutical and other sector professions.
The most confident were accountancy (86%), other* (80%), legal (65%) and engineering (60%). Medical professionals (56%) and dental (47%) were at the bottom of the pack.
*Note to the editor: ‘Other’ are business professional, financial sector, computer sciences/IT, education, science and biology, social/community upliftment, urban/rural development, environmental sciences/conservation, arts and literature/academia, government/public service, law enforcement and agriculture/horticulture professions.
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