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Nurses are 'better' than GPs at prescribing

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Nurse prescribers are much better than doctors at following prescribing guidelines, say senior NHS managers.

GPs have been criticised last for their failure to follow NHS prescription guidelines that say they should favour generic options over more expensive brand names.

‘What we do know is that nurses generally keep to guidelines much better than doctors,’ NHS chief executive David Nicholson said in reply to questions from MPs on script expenditure.

The evidence forms part of a report by the Commons’ Public Accounts Committee into primary care prescription spending, which doubled between 1996 and 2006, reaching £8.2 billion.

According to the committee’s report, nurse prescribing has had a negligible impact on NHS finances.

Read this week’s NT for the full story.

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