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GENERAL PHARMACEUTICAL COUNCIL CONSULTATION ON FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 966: tabled on 22 February 2017

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 4 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House expresses serious concern at the proposal from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to remove freedom of conscience rights from pharmacists by replacing the existing right to refer model with a duty to dispense model; recognises that the proposal does not allow reasonable accommodation for healthcare professionals to exercise freedom of conscience; acknowledges that the GPhC have made clear that referrals to another service provider may be insufficient to comply with the new proposed guidance; warns that it may result in pharmacists with a conscientious objection not being able to accept a job where they would have to work independently; notes that those with a religious or moral objection to distributing certain drugs or devices may therefore be forced out of the profession and that potential trainees will be dissuaded from entering it; further notes that the pharmaceutical profession should reflect the diversity of worldviews in the society which it serves; advises that true person-centred care should respect the personal moral integrity of both pharmacists and clients; and calls on the Department of Health to urge the GPhC to refrain from unnecessarily eroding the freedom of conscience of pharmacists by implementing this proposal.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.