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


Dear Editor, I would like to remind all pharmacy professionals and colleagues that Tuesday, 7th March 2017 is the fast-approaching deadline for responding constructively to the GPhC's consultation on "Religion, personal values and beliefs" [published online, 16th December 2016]. In addition, my faith community has brought to my attention a thought-provoking article that has recently appeared in the religious press entitled: "New proposals force pro-life pharmacists to choose between conscience or career" [published 10th February 2017; accessed online 12th February 2017]. The potential removal of the current option of being able to pharmacy customers to another colleague for legitimate conscience reasons represents a huge paradigm shift as a practising, front-line healthcare professional AND for pharmacy employers. Hence, it is my sincere hope that as many pharmacy professionals as possible can find a moment of time to make their views known by responding constructively to the GPhC's consultation before Tuesday, 7th March 2017. I would also hope that the narrow-minded views of previous correspondents in this matter are in the minority!

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26 FEB 2017

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