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Graduates upset at pharmacy council for delays in issuing licences

Published:Monday | January 18, 2016 | 1:06 AM
One graduate who asked to remain anonymous told The Gleaner that he received several job offers which he had to turn down because he had not yet received his license from the council.

The Pharmacy Council of Jamaica is seeking to defend itself against criticisms from recent tertiary-trained pharmacy graduates over the length of time it took for them to get their licenses. 

Several of the over 50 pharmacy graduates, say they had to pass on job opportunities as according to them, the council took too long to issue their licenses. 

They contend that in previous years it took six to eight weeks to issue the licenses.

However, the new pharmacists say they were made to wait for four months for the licenses.

One graduate who asked to remain anonymous told The Gleaner that he received several job offers which he had to turn down because he had not yet received his license from the council.

However, the council says it was faced with several difficulties including a legal battle that ended last June, over the yearlong internship programme which potential pharmacists must go through. 

Dr Radcliffe Goulbourne, Registrar of the Pharmacy Council, explained to The Gleaner that the court action resulted in a change in the licensure process of pharmacy interns.

This he says has lengthened the processing time for the issuance of licenses.

Goulbourne pointed out that the interns also contributed to the delays by requesting the final written assessment seven days later than the date for which was originally scheduled.