50% of pharmacy workers would leave or have left a job over racial discrimination
Half of pharmacy workers would consider leaving a job or have left a job because of racial discrimination from patients and/or colleagues, a C+D survey has revealed.
C+D’s second annual racism in pharmacy survey ran from June 21 to July 6 and featured responses from 215 pharmacy professionals.
Out of the 175 professionals who responded to a question with multiple options on how racial discrimination from patients and/or colleagues has affected them, 33% selected “considered leaving a job” and 17% chose “left a job”.
This increased to 50% and 30% respectively among respondents who identified as African, and to 58% and 15% among those from a Pakistani background.
Of the respondents who identified as white, 15% said they had “considered leaving a job” and 5% said they had done so due to racial discrimination from patients and/or colleagues.
C+D’s survey did not garner enough respondents from other ethnic groups to get a statistically significant example.
Feeling “demotivated” and “unsafe”
Almost half (48%) of all respondents to a question on how racial discrimination had affected them said they felt “demotivated”, followed by 45% feeling stressed and a combined 39% feeling either “psychologically” or “physically” unsafe in the pharmacy.
A combined 60% of respondents from an African background said they feel either “psychologically” or “physically” unsafe in the pharmacy, while a combined 50% of those from a Pakistan background felt the same way.
Just over 1 in 10 (12%) of respondents from a white background shared those feelings.
High stress levels induced by racial discrimination were high among African and Pakistani respondents, at 60% and 69% respectively, while 50% and 77% respectively felt demotivated.
One respondent commented: “Pharmacy [is] left on its own, so zero tolerance doesn’t apply. Apparently, we cannot refuse to provide an essential service?”
Another person said: “I feel I have no voice.”
C+D reported last month that more than two-thirds of pharmacy workers from a Pakistani background had suffered racial abuse from a colleague in the six months leading to the publication of the survey. It also found that 63% pharmacy professionals overall had faced racial abuse at least once from patients during the same period of time.
What more needs to be done?
During C+D’s racism in pharmacy webinar on July 15, a panel of experts from across the profession stressed that everyone has a role to play in tackling the issue.
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