'Give GPs nurse scrip training'

GPs should be given the same training as nurse prescribers to help make savings on drugs, according to an RCN adviser.

A report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee last week said the NHS could save more than £200 million a year if prescribers increased the proportion of generic drugs they prescribed. The report calls for medicines management protocols in the quality framework to be strengthened.

The committee heard evidence that nurses are better at sticking to the NHS guidelines for generic drug prescribing than GPs.

Molly Courtenay, RCN prescribing adviser and a Reading University professor, commented: 'Some of the nurse prescribing programme could be integrated with GP training.'

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