What you said: Pharmacy pathology screenings slammed

A roundup of zingers from across the AJP website and social networks

With pharmacy pathology screening likened to “getting your car serviced at the lawn mower shop” by a leading GP, and pharmacists this week told to “stick to their knitting” by the AMA president, here are your responses.

Greg Turnbull: “Lawn mower shop! Wow, that really is turf protection.”

Vixeyv: “Great idea. Booking a doctors appointment, or waiting in line for an hour, to have a pathology request written and handed to someone else… sure it seems “free” *cough* Medicare *cough* but it takes up patient and clinical time!

“A pharmacist is well trained to assess a need for a pathology test, and to read results. If there is a need for more knowledge, it won’t be difficult to supply more training to fill the gap. This is the same rebuff given by the AMA for pharmacist immunisation about not being “trained” enough… its a weak an ignorant retort, that gets in the way of seeing opportunities for the potential of a better health system with improved access to services.

“Sit on it, AMA. Welcome to the shake up!”

bernardlou1: “I applause Sigma for launching the service. Gp’s group AMA are obviously insecure, looking at it from a competition point of view and it’s obviously political. AMA should be focused to patients well being and care.”

Brett Parry: “I would say that doctors should stick to playing golf. But that would be terribly unprofessional and rude … wouldn’t it.”

Michael Khoo: “Although I feel it is not unreasonable to question the cost effectiveness of such tests, the insulting manner in which the point is raised diminishes its validity. A shot in the foot from someone who really should be much more media savvy. Way to Go Doc! Insult an entire profession and loose whatever support you might have had within it. Doctors deserve someone better than this.”

OB1: “Ok then. Getting your pregnancy care at the GP is like letting your baby ride in the car without a baby seat.

“Said no one, ever. Because we know that gps can do just as good a job when there is low risk, when they have had appropriate upskilling, and when they know when to refer to an obstetrician.”

AMA President Dr Michael Gannon was severely criticised for his Twitter comment.

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1 Comment

  1. Philip Smith

    I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not completely the Dr fault, they don’t know what happens when their patient’s leave, they don’t know what patients talk to us about, they don’t know how many times patients question them and their decision to us, how many times they visit us first, they don’t know all the complaints we get about waiting time, 5min medicine, nothing explained, anxiety about condition, fear of asking Dr questions, big words they use, the list goes on.

    I understand the years of training they do, and this not looking “fair” to them (Wait till AI is doing most of the work!!!)

    While not acting professional in their response, they are protecting their turf the same way Pharmacy organisation do in regards to ownership and location rules.

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