Friday, September 12, 2008

End of NI pharmacy deal swamps practices

From Healthcare Republic News:
GPs in Northern Ireland have been swamped with additional work after a deal for pharmacists to treat and prescribe for minor ailments collapsed.

LMCs warned the change could undermine attempts to cut unnecessary antibiotic prescribing.

GPC Northern Ireland chairman Dr Brian Dunn said that since the scheme ended at the start of August, GPs have seen a rise in attendances by patients with minor ailments.

Since 2005, the bulk of these patients had been redirected for treatment by 500 community pharmacists.

In Craigavon, where take-up of the service was high, Southern LMC secretary Dr Arnie McDowell said: 'The suspension of this valuable scheme creates pressures for us.' ...more

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