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Churn-Out Competition

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Yes. So, as described in this link, it was debated that there are too many pharmacy students and caps should be in place. I thought the comments were interesting and that further debate is definately necessary.

I just thought of a few points that were not mentioned. For example increased competition for jobs and pre-reg placements isn't entirely a bad thing. An increase in competition may cause employers to question the potential of candidates more. This means that those who are enthusiastic and show potential will gain the appropriate jobs for their calibre. Which seems sort of fair...

Too many pharmacy graduates may lead to fewer jobs, but in this climate is it the fact that there is too many students,or are the massive cut backs have affected our profession too? As I have found out over the past four years, pharmacy is a vast subject with a variety of career opportunities that can be explored. Maybe the role of pharmacists can further be expanded in other areas (e.g. academia). 

The cap is understandable, but how can more individuals being aware of medicines and health care be a bad thing? Surely more trained HCPs is what society needs? 

Another point is that as the older generation of pharmacists begin to retire, there will be plenty of younger generation pharmacists that can take over. Not only will this lead to more enthusiasm (hopefully) within the profession but it may offer more effective clinical evidence-based pharmacy due to the evolution of the MPharm degree and the change in practice over the years. This can only be a good thing for the pharmacy even if there could be enormous competition.

Although my points are quite general and lack insight. I feel that this is an area in which discussions/decisions should be made sooner rather than later. Ah well. It will also be interesting to see how this affects the five year integrated pre-reg MPharm idea. It seems to be quite quiet on that front at the minute too.

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