The changing landscape of UK pharmacy law in the early 21st century and its effect on the moral agency of pharmacists

Gallagher, Cathal Thomas (2019) The changing landscape of UK pharmacy law in the early 21st century and its effect on the moral agency of pharmacists. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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This thesis draws together a series of publications based on work carried out between 2008 and 2018, which examines various aspects of pharmacy regulation as it is reformed in response to changing perspectives on healthcare.
The regulated activities of pharmacy include supply of medicines, handling of controlled substances, and maintenance of registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council. The legal underpinnings of each of these activities has undergone significant change in the last ten years. Failing to stay abreast of changes to pharmacy law, or to understanding how these changes affect their practice, can leave pharmacists open to criminal prosecution, civil actions, and fitness to practise proceedings.
This regulatory environment can create the potential for moral distress to occur as practitioners are prevented from acting in congruence with their own moral agency.
The submission includes thirteen pieces of work discussed under four headings: the three legally regulated activities mentioned above; and a fourth category dealing with moral considerations raised with respect to conscientious objection and moral distress. Initial analysis of the changing legal landscape identifies possible triggers for moral distress, which are subsequently factored into the development of a tool to measure this phenomenon in community pharmacists.
The earlier publications included in this thesis have had a significant impact on several aspects of pharmacy regulation, while informing the direction of the later work, which seeks to provide an insight into the incidence of moral distress experienced by community pharmacists and provide researchers with a set of tools with which to extend the scope of the literature in this area.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Publication
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Chris White
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2020 07:59
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2020 07:59


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