Substantial effort has been applied to researching government initiatives aimed at increasing efficiency and cost effectiveness within the UK healthcare system, particularly in terms of medical practice. However, little attention has been paid to the impact of these on the boundaries of authority within the setting of hospital pharmacies. This paper utilises the sociology of the professions to analyse and report on hospital pharmacist prescribing in Scotland. The findings indicate a reduction in the authority of the medical profession and that medical practice can be subjected to rationalisation in the same way as other occupations which is of sociological importance.
- hospital prescribing
- medical jurisdiction
- professional status
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business, Management and Accounting(all)
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)