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Physiotherapists to be allowed to prescribe medicines

24th July 2012

Following a consultation, the government has agreed to give physiotherapists the ability to write prescriptions without patients being sent back to their GPs.


Although the changes need to be given approval by Parliament, it is believed they will come into full effect by 2014. 

Dr Helena Johnson, of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said the change in law would "hugely improve" the treatment physiotherapists offered.

"Patients will now receive a more streamlined and efficient service, meaning they get the medicines they need more immediately," she commented. 

The amendement to the current law means physiotherapists and podiatrists in England will set a global first in their ability to write prescriptions.

The ruling comes after a long standing campaign to allow medical professionals the ability to write prescriptions for patients.

In the last decade senior nurses have been allowed more power to make prescriptions and campaigners have called for other health workers to be given similar responsibilities.

Health minister Lord Howe said: "By introducing these changes, we aim to make the best use of their skills and allow patients to benefit from a faster and more effective service." 

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