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19 June, 2000
From: Gwion Rhys
Regarding your comment........... Welsh reform was a shambles and has yet to
reveal its nadir; from "Well done BMA"
I am trying to reorganise our Controlled Drug Register. I wonder whether there is a purpose built version?
Phoenix Medical Ltd, 0121 433 8614 or the National Pharmaceutical
Association 01727 832161.
From: Tha-Dhanas, New
Tha-Dhanas - New
Dr JB (Midlands)
you please advise regarding oxygen dispensing:
No stickers are needed
do look at the Drug Tariff or my book, The Complete Dispenser,
about payment and how to claim it - and about storage of cylinders.
the pharmacies in our large co-operative area are willing to open out of
hours to serve the patients we see during the night. We feel
that there must be a supply of medicines for these people.
Consequently we are looking to set up our own dispensary/pharmacy to
open only during the hours between 7pm and 7am. As the pharmacists
show a distinct aversion to helping we believe that the HA may be
sympathetic. We would be grateful for your advice.
It will almost cetainly be necessary for you to apply to open a pharmacy as opposed to a dispensary. Therefore you will need a superintendent pharmacist and your premises will have to be approved by the Phamaceutical Society.. When applying for your new pharmacy it will be essential to prove that it is both necessary and desirable and will not prejudice the proper provision of pharmaceutical services in your cooperative's area.
Full, detailed help on setting up a company etc was sent to the correspondent and is available to other cooperatives and practices upon request.
I have been a GP partner for 2 years and can't believe what a mistake I've made, in a dispensing practice — the patients are fine, the partners a good bunch, but ... your comments on the web site are absolutely right .... the countless ways in which we are working in a hostile environment ... I just can't believe that the GP politicians are representing grassroots GPs in any way ... I think that I'm a tough enough person to manage it (post MRCP, the old days of 56 hour weekends and all that) which means that, given that I'm not a moaner, the WHOLE profession must be completely disillusioned. My two senior partners admit that they are fed up and are to take early retirement, and the recruitment crisis in our neighbouring practices are real (and above average income, cheap housing, nice area).
And the government must be assuming
one important point - that GPs cant do any other job, in other words,
the government are relying on GP’s being "trapped" well I
have news for them — GP’s are business people and can find a well
paid job in other ways ... in other words, GP’s won't just be retiring
early, but ... YOUNG GPs WILL BE LEAVING AND FINDING WORK ELSEWHERE -
THIS IS GOING TO BE NEW. There is no doubt that there is going to be a
flood of GPs exiting the profession over the next few years. Mr Blair
can chuck taxpayers money into all the institutions that he wants, but
without doctors around the results will be interesting. Forget see a GP
within 48 hours, more like 48 days.
I've read in detail the article "Industrial Air Pollution and the Country Doctor" by Dr. Dick van
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