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Hospitals can’t find graveyard pharmacists
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Dec 6, 2014 16:04:06
Hospitals are having a hard time to find graveyard pharmacists as pharmacy schools haven’t sent out new graduates for the past two years.

It had been hard to find graveyard pharmacists, but it got even harder with the latest shortage of pharmacists.

Graveyard pharmacists used to work from 4 to 5 pm to 7 to 8 am for 12 to 16 days per month. Many hospitals barely hired part-time graveyard pharmacists although they want to fill the full-time positions.

Now a university hospital in Incheon offers 450,000 won per shift from 5 pm to 8 am. Other university hospital in Seoul offers 400,000 won per shift from 5 am to 7 am. Most of hospitals in suburban areas offer 400,000 won with room and board.

A pharmacist in a hospital said, “The pharmacist shortage is the worst ever. The hourly wage was raised, but we can’t get anyone yet. Daytime pharmacists take turns for overnight shifts.”
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