Flexible hours and rent help needed to avoid jobs, service cuts

More flexible working hours for pharmacists and staff, and measures to help pharmacies deal with increasing rental costs are essential to avoiding expected staff and service cuts, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia says.

In a detailed submission to a Productivity Commission review of ‘The Relative Costs of Doing Business in Australia: Retail Trade Industry’, the Guild pulled together its previous warnings that pharmacies had, or would be, forced to shed around 10,000 jobs, and that one in 10 pharmacies would be forced to reduce their opening hours, while many cut