Statement 1.3

Section 1

"Health systems have limited resources and these should be used responsibly to optimise outcomes for patients. Hospital pharmacists should develop, in collaboration with other stakeholders, criteria and measurements to enable the prioritisation of hospital pharmacy activities."

What does it mean for patients?Without the presence and advice of hospital pharmacists medication processes may be ineffective and unsafe. Hospital pharmacists should be part of the medication processes in every hospital to ensure patient safety. The responsible pharmacist should be a senior professional to guarantee the quality of the counselling and practise.

What does it mean for healthcare professionals?Pharmacists help other healthcare professionals to use medicines in the most effective way for the benefit of patients. Thus the expertise of hospital pharmacists should be available in every hospital. The important responsibility of advising healthcare professionals, such as doctors and nurses, and the requirement of high standards of practise requires a senior pharmacist supervising the hospital pharmacy.

What does it mean for Hospital Pharmacists?To ensure the quality of medication processes all hospitals should have access to a hospital pharmacist’s services, including hospitals without a pharmacy The head of a hospital pharmacy should be experienced due to the important responsibility and therefore should have additional, specialised training in hospital pharmacy.