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Blair leads epidemic of GP bashing

A study by the University of East Anglia found hospital admissions by the elderly rose by 30 per cent after a home-based medication review by a pharmacist.

Attempting to both wriggle out of it and to pass the blame, pharmacists have suggested this could be due to better adherence to medications and hence more adverse events, while adding that more research is needed to explain the counterintuitive results.

The result is not counterintuitive, it was entirely predictable.

The main reason is likely to be that, despite being NHS 'flavour of the month', the chemist is acting beyond his competence; a painter and decorator may know how to put one brick on top of another but hasn't a clue how to build a house so the walls won't fall down.

Despite this finding the Department of Health intends that pharmacists should be relieved from their responsibility for the supervision of all dispensing in order for them to go out into the community to endanger the public even more. Is this wise? Is it safe?

Dr David Roberts

Kettering, Northants

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