The Oldest Sage Witch is in no doubt that they will not be truly OTC in the sense that paracetamol can be bought over the counter.
We witches are sure that these medications have been chosen to propel the status of The Pharmacist as a Clinician into fast-forward.
Patients with symptoms of urinary tract infection will be encouraged to go to their local chemist’s shop rather than their GP. They will be seen in a little consulting room by The Pharmacist-cum-Clinician. There will be a consultation of sorts following a strict protocol.
Will the pharmacist not examine the patient’s urine, or will they hold a little bottle containing the urine up to the light to see if it’s cloudy and prescribe an antibiotic on that basis? Or will there be another little room next door with a Scientist-cum-Clinician looking at the urine under the microscope, plating it out and reporting the sensitivity pattern to the pharmacist the next day? Or will there be an automated machine that pharmacists can handle on their own? Doubtless, in the fullness of time, polyclinics will offer a small laboratory service – and there will not be a medically qualified microbiologist in sight!
There will be no width or depth of medical experience.
There will be protocols.
And most of the punters won’t give it a thought.
After all, if the symptoms don’t clear they will be told to go and see A Real Doctor to sort it out.
There is a You Tube presentation of The Man that we witches believe will have been a strong force behind this initiative.
It might be worth getting to know him (at least in cyberspace).
Because there may be more Pharmacist-cum-Clinician activities to come in preparation for the polyclinic agenda.
The Oldest Sage Witch knows well The Jobbing Doctor and Dr Grumble are fully aware of the agenda, but she thought she would get her tuppence worth in too!
Since The Oldest Sage Witch put pen to paper, The Ferret has entered the arena.
Welcome back Ferret, we witches were getting worried about you….
See, bloggers do hunt in packs, Jobbing Doctor!