‘What arrogance from the regulators’ – this week in comments

AJP takes a look at the last week’s best reader comments

It’s been a rather controversial week in community pharmacy. Dr Edwin Kruys, chair of RACGP Queensland and member of the AMA Queensland Council of General Practice, wrote in AMA QLD’s Doctor Q and on his blog that pharmacy vaccinations were a “slippery” slope of health services in community pharmacy.

Peter Crothers said that this was a “classic splitting and projection psychic defence mechanism that, sadly, we see so much from the docs”.

“This sort of response is easily dismissed. Patients simply adore the reality of pharmacy ‘flu vaccinations and there will be no going back.

“Pharmacists taking on extra roles in health/wellness/illness care that benefit patients and are convenient and of good quality will actually strengthen patient-centricity and help build the medical home as a vibrant 21st century working model and – if responded to sensibly – will allow GPs to move on from much of the drudgery of their current work and focus on where their skills are really needed – in coordinating the care of the most complex and needy patients.

“It is wins all round in the long run.”

Readers were thoroughly unimpressed with the actions of Yan Chi “Anthony” Cheung, who repeatedly drugged a female colleague after she refused his sexual advances. Cheung was sentenced this week to a minimum of 10 months in jail, but appealed the decision and was granted bail.

“He should absolutely lose his registration and how on earth did he get out on bail?!?” wrote reader Stace.

“Were all these tablets from his personal supply or off the pharmacy shelf? Is it not illegal to possess S4’s without a prescription? His registration is ‘Suspended’… Totally unacceptable if he is ever allowed to practice as a pharmacist EVER again.”

Reader Carol agreed. “If he does this, what else is he capable of?” she wrote.

And our story on the Victorian Pharmacy Authority’s concerns about S8 handling caused some ire.

“What arrogance from the ‘regulators’!” wrote reader Phil.

“The article’s emphasis is on ‘some’ pharmacists, and in Victoria it says THREE pharmacists. How many pharmacists in Victoria are doing the right thing?

“Regulators, get on with your job. There will always be a minority who intentionally break the law for personal gain. Your job is to support the pharmacists doing the right thing and protect the public from those breaking the law.

“Criticising the good pharmacists will not get the support of the profession.”

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  1. pagophilus

    I concur with many of the comments. It is far too difficult to be deregistered in Australia. Even very serious misconduct only results in a suspension. I read the British Medical Journal and it seems doctors get deregistered for much less serious offences over there. No wonder our laws don’t deter crime – the penalties are too light. What do you actually have to do to get deregistered?

    • Chelsea

      I commented to a colleague that Cheung would likely face a suspension, then receive “counselling” and be back at it in a couple of years. The victim in this case will not be served by either the judicial system, nor the professional authority, it would seem.

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