Originally Posted by AGHawk
I just happen to believe we stand to lose much more than we could gain in our standing with general practitioners for example. A brush we will all be tarred with when the s**t inevitably hits the fan.
Interesting observation, but I respectfully disagree.
Most allied health professions are moving towards enhanced scope. eg nurse practitioners, radiographer reporting etc. Podiatrists in many western countries are drug prescribers. The WHO predicts there will be a monumental shortfall in health professionals over coming decades, and most governments are scrambling to remove the barriers to activities such as prescribing that were arbitrarily drawn up by governments and the medical monopoly in the 1930's.
The productivity gains in having access to a small cohort of relevant drugs (analgesics, antibiotics etc) will offset the enormous burden that the status quo will produce.
You can't tell me that having even just one single antibioitic available to you to treat ingrown toenail infections would not save you, your patients, and your health system an enormous amount of money over your career?
Whilst there will be some older podiatrists who will not be up for the extra study to incorporate drug prescribing into their practice, there are plenty that will; and when all new graduates come out doing so the Commonwealth countries would have evolved in the most significant step for the past 30 years...
You have every right not to do so though.
Yes, there will be prescribing errors, this is inevitable. But if a GP can access almost every prescription drug known to man, I am sure the humble podiatry profession can cope with 10 or 20.