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Pharmacists to monitor long-term conditions to ease burden on Scottish GPs

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I worry about this statement made in this report: ‘By taking on this role these pharmacists are improving clinical outcomes for people" as it sounds predetermined. That this is "improvement" to traditional holistic General Practice based on continuity, medical expertise and a wider approach to care than just pharmaceuticals. My view is that it is welcome that the Scottish Government are taking efforts, even if they are most belated, to address the "burden on Scottish GPs". The real issue, as we all realise, is lack of trained GPs compounded by low morale. The Scottish Government has to take responsibility for lack of workforce planning. I worry that this approach will not encourage "Realistic medicine". What of individuals on long-term medications that they might be better not taking? Just one of a number of concerns that I have. Might this approach facilitate longer term polypharmacy? It is interesting to read these responses to an associated PULSE post: http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/your-practice/practice-topics/employment/first-pharmacy-led-practice-set-up-in-bid-to-counter-gp-shortage/20035093.article Dr Peter J Gordon (I worry that this approach will give specialist prescribing - I am a specialist - a freer reign to go unchecked by generalists who see the whole picture. I do not think pharmacists can do this. They do not have the training and are not governed or regulated to do so)

Posted date

25 Aug 2017

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9:46am

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