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Clinical Pharmacists Are Handling Patients Who Would Normally Be Seen by a Doctor. But Will Some Slip Through the Cracks?

Will they be too keen to medicate, rather than considering things from all angles?

Alan AJ
4 min readFeb 28, 2024


An assortment of medication in the form of coloured tablets
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I waited anxiously for the phone to ring

Yesterday, a clinical pharmacist phoned me regarding high blood pressure. It was my first experience of the GP practice delegating such matters to someone who is not a doctor.

I read something about this in the news a while ago; a quick search turned up articles on Sky News¹ and the British Medical Association².

Although this will reduce waiting times, I’m not sure if it will be good for patients in every case.

(Note: I live in England.)

Sidebar: My case history

In the summer of 2022, I found my late wife’s blood pressure monitor and checked myself. When



Alan AJ

Random life stories, opinions, and a dry sense of humour. A 55-year-old former electronics engineer and programmer in England. Previously 'Autistic Widower'.