End of ‘Conscience Clause’: Pharmacists Are Stripped of Their Right to Refuse Drugs on Religious Grounds
March 13, 2017
(Daily Mail) – Pharmacists will no longer be able to refuse to dispense contraception or certain drugs because of a moral objection. The so-called ‘conscience clause’ that allows them to refer a patient to a colleague has now been ruled incompatible with requirements that pharmacists deliver ‘person-centred care’. The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) says the new system means they will be required to ensure the treatment of their client ‘is not compromised because of personal values and beliefs’.