Log In
Sunday 18th March 2018

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."


Share this page


There are no comments for this article, be the first to comment!

Post your comment

Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.

Your email address:

Your comment will be checked by a Healthcare Today moderator before it is published on the site.

Mayden - Innovative cloud-based applications for healthcare
© Mayden Foundation 2018