I am wondering if this is a Boots thing? A few weeks ago a Boots employed optom that I know told my colleagues at the independent where I work exactly the same thing. I contacted friends to confirm or deny this and a poll of 4 optoms and 6 DO’s said they had never heard of these changes.
The right of unqualified staff to dispense was part of the 1989 statute law reforms, so unless this is being changed I cannot see that it is correct. I think perhaps a call to the AOP is in order? I would really like to know the answer too.