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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

Northants

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