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Christian and Muslim groups raise concerns over change to pharmacists’ ‘conscience’ clause


I raised this issue as a matter of professional ethics at a talk I gave at Conway Hall Ethical Society several years ago - arguing that allowing pharmacists to use the excuse of religious belief to deny pharmaceutical goods, products and services to patients was wrong, especially when the patient was following the advice of a legally qualified GP through the presentation of a prescription. I urged all those present to contact the General Pharmaceutical Council to express their opposition to this religiously discriminatory practice and it seems that a number of them also responded to the GPC consultation on this issue. What pharmacy professionals must realise if religious discrimination is allowed in one area of personal service, it may only be a matter of time before it becomes extended to many other areas not originally considered. As the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for".

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24 DEC 2016

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