Chemist shops can now do more than just sell medicines. If the Govt. has its way, a new bill to be introduced in the Parliament soon, will allow salesperson in medical stores to treat patients after clearing a ‘bridge course’.
The latest bill is similar to the one passed earlier that allowed practitioners of Ayurveda and Homeopathy to practice Allopathy.
Speaking to Faking News a senior Govt official said, “The guys behind the counter in medical stores double up as doctors for those who cannot afford costly medical services. In fact most people reach out to their local pharmacy to treat small illnesses such as cold as viral fever. And chemist shops do oblige and prescribe medicines. So why not have them as doctors.”
Chemist Association of India has welcomed this move and asked all chemist shops to take advantage of the new bill.
A few medical stores we seen handing out doctors coat and stethoscopes to their staff. “All my staff is equipped to practice allopathy. They will be treating the way professionals do. Like sending patients for unnecessary medical tests, over charging them, scaring them into believing that they have a life threatening disease when all they have is common cold and so on,” said Baldev Chaddha, owner of Chedda Chemist and Druggist.