Sajid Javid doesn’t know pharmacists can already prescribe medicines

Sajid Javid: he always looks so pleased with himself despite having absolutely no reason for it.

A new plan by Health Secretary Sajid Javid – to relieve pressure on GPs by allowing pharmacists to prescribe medicines – is almost certain to fail because they can already do that.

It seems Javid is so poor at his job that he doesn’t realise his local chemist has been allowed to write prescriptions for routine illnesses since 2006.

As a way of handling complaints that patients can’t get face-to-face appointments with their doctor, this will be another Tory disaster.

Changes that would make a real difference – like those proposed last year by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society that would allow pharmacists to make changes to the quantities, strength and formulation of prescriptions dispensed, or supply another version of a medicine on prescription – do not appear to be part of Javid’s plan.

What an ignoramus.

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