NSW pharmacists will soon prescribe certain medications and vaccinations. Doctors say it’ll be a ‘disaster’
- It is hoped the 12 month trial will reduce pressure on the health system.
- Pharmacists will be able to prescribe birth control and UTI treatments among other medications.
- The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has slammed the move.
“There is pressure on the health system right across the board and we want to make sure people, whether they’re in metropolitan Sydney or regional NSW, have access to the best healthcare,” he said on Sunday.
Regional Health Minister Bronnie Taylor said it will be a “game-changer” in rural areas.
The NSW government hopes the trial will free up GPs, so those who most need to see them are able to get appointments. Source: AAP / DAN HIMBRECHTS
“Our pharmacists are an integral part of our communities, and of who we are in country communities,” she said.
“Pharmacists should be working as part of a team in a hospital or medical practice setting, rather than unsupervised retail spaces,” she said.
Already pharmacists can administer flu and COVID-19 vaccines, but will soon be able to jab arms for protection against hepatitis A and B, polio, typhoid, shingles and Japanese encephalitis.
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