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Pharmacy plans are just to punish GPs

With regard to your story on plans to extend the role of pharmacists - doctors prescribe and pharmacists dispense.

Which requires the more intensive training? Who requires more judgment in dealing with uncertainty? Who is accustomed to accepting clinical responsibility and insured to do so?

Who takes careful steps to ensure confidentiality of personal information? Who has no immediate financial interest in the clinical transaction? It's a no-brainer!

Why can't the Government appreciate these facts?

Because it doesn't want to, because it wants to punish GPs for apparently getting the better of it in the nGMS negotiations.

New Government please.

Dr Robert Miller, Belfast

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