Do the “turf wars” between GPs and pharmacists really matter at the grassroots level?

Every week, it feels like GPs and pharmacists are at loggerheads again – whether the issue in question is the future of low-dose codeine, pharmacy’s expanded role in vaccination, pathology services being offered through community pharmacy or the RACGP’s proposal that doctors be permitted to dispense medicines.

In the last couple of months alone, high-profile GPs have told pharmacists to “stick to their knitting” and that providing screening in pharmacy is like having your car serviced at the lawnmower shop.

New PSA national president Dr Shane Jackson took to GP publication Medical Observer this month to call for an end to the “turf wars”.

“The average doctor or pharmacist doesn’t want turf wars between organisations,” Dr Jackson wrote.

“Pharmacists want to work closely with their medical counterparts. They don’t want to be doctors, they want to be pharmacists.

“If we sit down collectively in a considered way, focusing on the benefit that doctors and pharmacists bring to collaborative care, we can solve these issues.”

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