Pharmacists will be used as cheap labour in GP surgeries

I have read recent correspondence relating to pharmacists working in GP surgeries and am unsurprised at the “negativity within our own profession” referred to by Claire Anderson (
The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:421

Despite the initiative being launched by the Royal College of General Practitioners jointly with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, both representing the cream of each profession, I ask why and for what purpose pharmacists will serve in what surely is nowadays little more than a patient-sorting office exercise where, thankfully, little dispensing of medicines takes place.

I can understand the role probably sounds more preferable for some than working in a supermarket, for example, but pharmacy inherently has always been a high street domain and long may it remain so.

Rest assured the only time pharmacists will be welcome within surgeries is as cheap labour lackeys for GPs to exploit in order to make yet more money. This is the nature of this avaricious section of the medical profession nowadays. Is this what the profession wants?

Mike Brunt



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The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, 23/30 May 2015, Vol 294, No 7863/4;294(7863/4):DOI:10.1211/PJ.2015.20068390

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