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Pharmacists want to bypass GP and refer patients directly to hospital


Considering there is a real time wait for secondary care of about 40-50 weeks - not sure how pharmacists , even if referring appropriately, will suddenly "help access care." Let's be arrogant for a minute - GPs are by far the best people at gatekeeping and referring appropriately. Consider how many patients with a bit of dry skin are seen in other clinics and a Dermatology referral is recommended with no consideration that we successfully manage most things without involving anyone else. Let pharmacists refer, waiting times will simply be measured in years and decades not weeks and months.

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21 Dec 2016

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