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Concern over nurse prescriptions

23rd August 2007

A doctor has said he is concerned about the rise in the number of prescriptions issued by nurses following the rule change in 2006 which allowed them to precribe certain drugs.

A policy change, introduced in May 2006, enabled nurses to issue prescriptions for antibiotics, diabetic medication and anti-depressants. New figures, obtained by Pulse, show that the number of prescriptions given by nurses has risen by 49% since the rule change.

Professor Hugh McGavock, from the University of Ulster, voiced his concerns and said: "It takes medical students five years to be competent at differential diagnoses."


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