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Sandra Gidley: GPhC's handling of Pharmacy2U was 'weak'

RPS English Pharmacy Board chair is "very disappointed" by how GPhC dealt with the online business

EXCLUSIVE

Ms Gidley spoke to C+D at a Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) event on electronic records access at Portcullis House in London on Wednesday (January 6).

Alongside her criticism of the General Pharmaceutical Council's (GPhC) handling of the Pharmacy2U data-selling scandal, Ms Gidley raised concerns about how the company's activities could undermine trust in the sector.

The GPhC stressed to C+D that it "is continuing to take forward its case in relation to the misuse of patient information by Pharmacy2U". "It is our policy to not provide further details of the case while it is ongoing,” it said today (January 8).

A GPhC inspection of the business in May 2015 had found "no other immediate patient safety concerns", it added.

 


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11 Comments

s8chy P, Pharmacy owner/ Proprietor

agreed, the GPHC is pathetic

Gerry Diamond, Primary care pharmacist

Well it's an information age and as they say 'information is power'.

Pupinder Ghatora, Pharmacy owner/ Proprietor

Absolutely bang on! Pharmacy generally has no effective representation! Isn't it funny how an organisation that is partially owned by doctors is let off so lightly. Where as an independent pharmacist gets struck off for signing a script on behalf of a patient - CORRECTLY!- I might add! Our profession has been turned into a farce!

Simon MEDLEY, Community pharmacist

yes, but probably not as weak as their response is going to be to the other misdemeanour

Harry Tolly, Pharmacist

How about note interim sanctions ? After all the GPhC can do this against Pharmacists and often do so under the guise of "protecting" the public. So why not the same for this company ? Looks like the Public needs protecting from the GPhC who are acting as a proxy for what the DoH wants rather than protecting the public.

Aisha Adnan, Community pharmacist

I agree with ms Gidley.

John Randell, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

i said in a previous thread that the they would be no firm action....the thing is its hard to regulate against a company.....however is very easy to reguate an individual pharmacist.If an individual pharmacists was selling data and not delivering medicine to customers in a timly fashion i reckon they would be struck off... maybe the key is for all pharmacists TO INCORPORATE TO REDUCE LIABILITY....YOU WILL ESSENTIALLY BE WORKING FOR A LIMITED COMPANY

Raymond Lee, Community pharmacist

It would be interesting to see how the GPhC handles the response to P2U being unable to provide a contractual service between Christmas and New Year.

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

lmao

Peter Badham, Superintendent Pharmacist

I totally agree with Miss Gidley , the GPHc response to the scandal of selling patients records has been too pathetic Action should have been taken at once to protect patients It is a clear message to all on line contractors ," do what you like ", " we have no effective governing body"

Jacques Gholam, Community pharmacist

hear hear

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