On November 19, 2019 / News
Speech from the Throne
As you may know, this afternoon Chief Justice Richard J.F. Chartier gave the Speech from the Throne outlining what Premier Brian Pallister’s government hopes to achieve during the upcoming legislative session. Pharmacist Manitoba President, Pawandeep Sidhu and CEO, Brenna Shearer were invited to attend the event in person.
During the Speech from the Throne the government reinforced its campaign commitment to allow pharmacists to prescribe for uncomplicated UTIs: “Pharmacists will be consulted to develop a framework allowing them to write prescriptions for uncomplicated urinary tract infections, rather than requiring a doctor's visit.”
This promise was also noted in the news release sent out by the Manitoba government.
This commitment has been noted in the articles posted online this afternoon by both the CBC and the Winnipeg Free Press.
CBC: "In other health-care promises, patients who have a urinary tract infection could soon be able to get a prescription from a pharmacist, instead of having to go to a doctor. The province plans to start consultations on that issue, the speech from the throne said.”
Free Press: "Pharmacists will be consulted to develop a framework allowing them “to write prescriptions” for uncomplicated urinary tract infections, eliminating the need for a doctor’s visit.”
The fact this pledge was included in the Throne Speech and the official news release is an immensely positive development that shows the government is serious about moving forward with their campaign commitment.
We look forward to consulting with the Government of Manitoba on this initiative and will keep our members informed throughout the process.