‘GPs would never compromise patient safety’

Professor Michael Barry has represented family doctors as poorly trained lackeys of the pharma industry. This is a completely unfair picture, writes Emmet Kerin

18th February, 2018

Professor Michael Barry outlined his views on what he regards as problems with the medical profession’s prescribing.

He expressed concern about undergraduate training, postgraduate continuing education, oversight failings by the Medical Council and a perceived lack of interest in quality prescribing by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Barry stated that 85 per cent of prescribing takes place in general practice, leading one to believe that GPs are poor prescribers with no...

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