Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pharmacist Critical Allowance Cut-UNTRUE!

[Credits to members of Pharmacists for Pharmacy group]

Dear fellow pharmacists,

Over the past few weeks, there has been much commotion regarding the possibility of the critical allowance currently being enjoyed by pharmacists working in the civil service being withdrawn.

As such you may be very interested in the following emails.
This was the correspondence received by some of our group members:

From: MalaysianPharmaceuticalSociety To: "" Sent: Wed, November 18, 2009 12:04:28 AM

Subject: Critical Allowance

Dear Council Members,

Datuk Nancy Ho had checked with Pn Eisah and it is confirmed that "news" on the discontinuation of existing critical allowance of pharmacists in government service for those who qualified is not true.

But thanks to all who responded to this issue.

Regards KKLam =

Then, En.Abas replied:

From: Abas Hussin [] Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 11:52 AMTo: MalaysianPharmaceuticalSociety; Pn Eisah Bah Farmasi; Selvaraja

Subject: Re: Critical Allowance

There is a big lesson we must learn from this big hoo ha about the discontinuation of the pharmacist critical allowance - before we open up our mouth and write in to the newspaper, please make sure that we have got our info and facts right. I hope that you could remind all MPS members and non MPS member pharmacists about this. that's all.thank u.

This is clearly a good lesson on how fast a rumour can spread (really wonder who spread it in first place) and how we should act responsibly and rationally in handling the issue. Hopefully our fellow pharmacists will show the same level of eagerness (if not more) in discussing/writing to the papers when it comes to other issues like better pharmaceutical care for patients, dispensing separation etc.

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