Woolworths is set to rollout “health checks” in its stores. The checks are to be carried out by pharmacy students, graduate pharmacists and nurses. So far it has been trialled in six stores in New South Wales and Queensland. And yes, we are talking about blood pressure and cholesterol checks in the aisle at your local supermarket.
The proposal has had some scathing calls from health professional bodies to be scrapped. The Australian Medical Association has said that these health “checkouts” belong in the bargain bin. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has described images of a person in a white coat standing in a supermarket aisle to be a “disturbing development.” This is not the first time the Guild has said that ” supermarkets and health care don’t mix.”
A spokesperson for Woolworths has said that health checks do not offer medical or product advice.
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