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  • The NAGP says the Irish Pharmacy Union contraceptive proposal is completely flawed.
  • The NAGP is appealing for a comprehensive and holistic approach to the prescribing and dispensing of contraceptives.

The NAGP is appealing for a comprehensive and holistic approach to the prescribing and dispensing of contraceptives.

Having appropriately resourced clinical pharmacists, nurses and other healthcare professionals in a centralised GP-led primary care setting will ensure that there is an integrated approach to the health programme for all patients.

Dr Maitiu O Tuathail, President of the NAGP stated “the NAGP are appealing for more integration of health care in Ireland. We should strive for primary care that is patient-centred, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety of our population. This IPU proposal will lead to the further disintegration of our health service and that is neither good for the patient nor the health service as a whole.”

We do not want to create silo’s, as has happened with the introduction of ‘flu vaccines being administered in pharmacies with their GPs having no sight of who has received the vaccine. Unfortunately, what we have seen with the flu vaccination programme is that there is no integration or co-ordinated care with the programme. There is no communication between pharmacists and GPs as to who has received the vaccine.

Prescribing and administration of ‘medical procedures’ vaccines etc should be co-ordinated and managed centrally in a primary care setting. This comprehensive approach will ensure that there is total population health management in terms of a patients health programme.

Dr O’Tuathail continued “The provision of contraceptive services encompasses far more than just prescribing the pill. The patients sexual health, sexually transmitted infections, education, and the patients own physical and mental health are addressed”. As the patients primary care provider General Practitioners are best placed to provide this service, both now and into the future. Continuity of care remains of paramount importance to us as GPs.”