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With astounding hypocrisy and characteristic arrogance, the high street chemist from his emporium, without a shred of medical education, far less clinical experience, knows, yes, actually knows, that he is capable of making diagnoses and then prescribing from the full pharmacopoeia.

God help his/our patients. Does the Patients Association know about this idiocy?

As foundation-chair of the original Dispensing Doctors Association some years ago I handled many cases where rural doctors applied to dispense to their patients. On every occasion the chemists shrieked at the unfortunate doctor: 'Let the pharmacist dispense and the doctor prescribe, each according to their own special learning.'

If the latest announcement is not hyprocrisy, then what is?

Dr David Roberts

Broughton, Kettering


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