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‘It’s a real shame’: Pharmacists disappointed in GP’s criticism

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Doctors have issued a warning to Australians who use pharmacists like a GP, saying it presents long-term dangers to their health.

As reported in The Age, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners is urging the public to stay away, from walk-in tests at chemists, such as heart health check, diabetes risk assessment, cholesterol test and anaemia screenings, saying saying pharmacies are “motivated by money”.

Anthony Tassone, Victorian President of Pharmacy Guild of Australia, told Justin and Kate doctors should be working together with pharmacists, not slamming them.

“It’s not a new criticism, it’s ongoing, it’s a real shame to wake up to one of your health colleagues making criticisms,” Mr Tassone said.

“I’ve had instances where I’ve called Triple Zero on the spot for a man who had extremely high blood pressure.

“We’re here to work with you for the benefit of patients, stop with the criticism.”

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