Sigma steps back from pathology stoush with doctors

Sigma is refusing to be drawn into a verbal stoush with doctors’ groups, despite social media trolling of its new pathology-based screening program at Amcal pharmacies.

Instead it’s called for a new forum to improve communication between GPs, doctors and other health professionals and bring an end to turf wars

Lead pharmacist James Neville says formal collaboration would help drive the focus towards patients and how they want to receive health care.

“Rather than centre on one profession how about we centre care on the patient.”

High profile doctors have made a number of inflammatory remarks about pharmacists since the launch of the Amcal program.

AMA president Dr Michael Gannon tweeted that pharmacists should “stick to their knitting” or qualify as a GP. He later clarified that he was not questioning the “skill, training, expertise of pharmacists