Thursday, September 24, 2009

Letting pharmacists prescribe drugs like letting flight attendant fly plane: OMA

From the Canadian Press:
The Liberal government is putting patient safety at risk by letting non-physicians do some of the work doctors currently perform, the Family and General Practice section of the Ontario Medical Association warned Wednesday.

The family doctors' lobby is fighting back against provincial government plans to let nurse practitioners lead local health clinics and to allow pharmacists to prescribe some drugs.

"Having these roles filled by non-medical personnel is like having a member of a flight crew fly an airplane," said OMA section chair Dr. David Bridgeo.

"How many people would be comfortable with having someone with less education, training and experience replacing pilots?" ...more

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