More than half of UK pharmacists may have been discouraged by general practitioners from offering pharmacy services such as flu vaccination, reports the UK’s Chemist+Druggist magazine.
The magazine conducted an online poll of readers which found that 52% (of 75 respondents) said that local GPs had obstructed their attempts to offer the services.
C+D spoke to Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee director of National Health Services Alastair Buxton, who said GP resistance to pharmacy services was a “significant obstacle” in the development of these services.
The PSNC had raised the issue with the National Health Service on repeated occasions, he said.
UK health organisations have in the past restricted pharmacy flu vaccinations, C+D reports.
Meanwhile, the Australian Medical Association remains opposed to the further expansion of the pharmacist role in primary care, including the delivery of flu vaccinations.