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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 268 No 7186 p243-245
23 February 2002

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The Profession

The Council must stop its propaganda campaign

From Mr P. Robinson, MRPharmS

I have been reading about the aspirations of students with regard to "Pharmacy in the future" (PJ, 5/12 January, p11). It is suggested that "if the profession does not allow them to realise these dreams they might leave pharmacy altogether".

One can understand the desire to satisfy personal ambitions and to attain certain levels of achievement, but little thought has been given to the equivalent aspirations of doctors and patients.

Certain proposed new roles for pharmacists could compromise doctors' personal responsibility for their patients. Their implementation might also precipitate intense pressures on a doctor's time, thereby impairing performance. Neither of these outcomes is in the interests of patients.

Many new roles are incredibly selfish in nature, proposed solely with the idea of expanding our professional responsibility and status. Introspective and egotistic ambitions are not going to be respected by either doctors or patients. They want a service that is applicable to their needs, not ours. In many cases this means the provision of an excellent support facility that is efficient and reliable.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society's pie-in-the-sky promises are dead. Few people want the services they are offering and most members are sick of a rocketing workload with no return.

The Council must stop its propaganda campaign and start acting with responsibility and realism. Where are the leaders of respect and dignity?

Peter Robinson


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