APTUK has called for a new life assurance scheme announced during the COVID-19 pandemic to apply to all pharmacy technicians.
APTUK believe that the scheme should extend to all health and care workers, but we’re concerned by media reports that community pharmacy technicians in England will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
APTUK President Liz Fidler said:
“APTUK is disappointed at the news that this scheme does not appear to extend to all of our pharmacy staff.
Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and the wider teams are working incredibly hard, under exceptional circumstances on the frontline of healthcare, particularly in our communities.
It is widely recognised that community pharmacy is vulnerable to exposure to COVID 19 due to the fact that many patients may be asymptomatic when requiring and accessing pharmacies as a walk-in healthcare service.
Community pharmacies continue to rise to the challenge of meeting the increasing demands and ensuring patients have access to these services as much as possible.
As the Professional Leadership Body for pharmacy technicians we will be working with key partners to seek clarity around the inclusion of all pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and support staff in this scheme.”