Re­newed con­fi­dence in Phar­macy Coun­cil

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: LET ME be the first to con­grat­u­late the Phar­macy Coun­cil of Ja­maica (PCJ), un­der the lead­er­ship of Dr Nor­man Dunn, on its han­dling of the re­cent Phar­macy In­terns As­sess­ment and the timely mark­ing of the pa­pers to pro­duce re­sults. It is ru­moured that more than 95 per cent of in­terns sit­ting the exam passed this time around.

This success must be at­trib­uted to the fact that an out­line was dis­trib­uted for the exam and the in­terns didn’t have to wait an eter­nity be­fore sit­ting the exam (as was the case for the last three years). Ku­dos are in or­der for the coun­cil, espe­cially the Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mit­tee. The team worked hard to make sure that the in­terns could have been fairly as­sessed and also pro­duced re­sults in lit­tle over a month. This is truly a step in the right di­rec­tion.

Af­ter the lead­er­ship of the pre­vi­ous chair­man, aided by the regis­trar, few phar­ma­cists had any­thing good to say about the PCJ. Ear­lier this year, print me­dia was flooded with is­sues faced in the li­cens­ing of trained phar­ma­cists. There was a tossoff about trainees’ com­pe­tence vs PCJ’s vin­dic­tive­ness and ques­tion­able prac­tices.

Con­fi­dence in the coun­cil had hit rock bot­tom, with in­terns feel­ing it the most with re­gard to get­ting their li­cence af­ter com­plet­ing four years at the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Ja­maica, and a one-year in­tern­ship at two hos­pi­tals of choice.

I just want to en­cour­age the present coun­cil to keep on with the good work.

PAUL BROWN

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