Noel Wicks comments on the proposal for employing pharmacists in general practice
It’s been interesting reading the views on the recent joint RPS and RCGP announcement regarding pharmacists in GP surgeries. I don’t think anyone would deny that pharmacists could add value, but does the suggestion have the four ‘rights’? By this, I mean ‘the right role, in the right place, at the right time, and at the right dose’.
I may be stretching it as an idea, but stay with me on this. First, is this the right role for the pharmacists? I’m not convinced GPs are that willing to shed aspects of the longer-term management of their patients. In fact, of the GPs I know, most consider their daily practice to be one of ‘trivialism’ instead of ‘generalism’: dealing with the huge number of patients presenting with trivial conditions, who are simply looking for reassurance or free NHS treatment is clogging up their surgeries.