Archive for 'Professional regulation' Category

Homeopathy and Pharmacy

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, February 22, 2010

The House of Commons select committee on science and technology has been examining homeopathy, and their report has been just been released. The main focus will be on the committee’s view that both NHS funding and MHRA licencing should be withdrawn. I’ll focus on the parts related more directly to Pharmacy and the Royal Pharmaceutical […]

Notoriety is no defense

By Anthony - Last updated: Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Guardian’s Health Editor Sarah Boseley is an individual who I find generally fair, non-sensationalist and accurate on the reporting of health issues. Today she reports on the forthcoming Wakefield GMC trial and notes one possible problem with the proceedings. The GMC hearings, scheduled to last 14 weeks, are likely to reignite an impassioned debate […]

Royal Pharmaceutical Society split

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, December 15, 2006

I have been arguing that the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain should split its regulatory and representative roles for six years. I’m quoted in The Pharmaceutical Journal this week, since it appears that such a split is inevitable. Anthony Cox, secretary of the Birmingham branch of the Society, believes that the independent review should […]

Police cautions

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, November 27, 2006

The Magistrate has posted a warning to those who may be persuaded into accepting a Police caution. In order to get on with his journey the man concerned has accepted his guilt, and now has a record on the Police computer to that effect. His DNA fingerprints and photographs are now on file. Since the […]

The struck-off strikes out

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, October 26, 2006

Like any health professional I take an interest in the actions of my regulatory body. It isn’t exactly the most exciting of material for the general reader, but today’s report in The Times makes interesting reading. I suppose that any lawyers reading this, may have extreme sympathy for the lawyer representing the defendent. Just to […]

The regulation of pharmacists

By Anthony - Last updated: Sunday, July 30, 2006

I’m quoted in The Pharmaceutical Journal in a discussion about the professional regulation of pharmacists. Currently The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain combines the role of a regulator (like the GMC) and a representative body. There is an obvious conflict of interest, here’s my take: Anthony Cox, a former honorary auditor at the Society, […]

Professional self-regulation

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, February 10, 2006

I have a letter in The Pharmaceutical Journal concerned with professional self-regulation of pharmacists, who are currently both regulated and represented by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Although this is rather parochial, it does have implications if you are a member of the public who uses pharmacy services: As an earlier advocate (along […]