Pharmacist at centre of Carstairs GP controversy declared unfit to practice

RxPharmacy shop staff'Carstairs Village'13/2/12
RxPharmacy shop staff'Carstairs Village'13/2/12
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THE pharmacist at the heart of the year-long controversy over medical service in Carstairs has been suspended by his professional body.

The General Pharmaceutical Council has decided that Mr Habib Khan, whose opening of a chemist shop in Lanark Road is blamed by some for the village GP practice nearly folding, is unfit to practice as a pharmacist for at least five years.

However, the Gazette understands that his Carstairs pharmacy – now the only local place where prescriptions can be obtained – will carry on operating.

A spokesman for NHS Lanarkshire said: “We are aware of the General Pharmaceutical Council’s Fitness to Practice Committee decision.

“NHS Lanarkshire will now consider the committee’s findings.Day to day pharmacy provision continues to be provided.”

For more on this story pick up a copy of the Carluke and Lanark Gazette which is in the shops now.