'Postcode lottery' for nurse prescribing in Scotland

The Scottish Executive has launched a consultation on plans to tackle widespread geographical variations in the number of nurse prescribers across the country.

Legislation to allow nurse independent prescribing took effect in Scotland from 31 May 2006, but a report by the University of Stirling found some NHS boards had failed to react to it.

It found ‘a lack of coherent, integrated and stable board-level infrastructure for prescribers’ and said that ‘in some instances, there have been slow responses of boards to the prescribing agenda’.

The University of Stirling report also found that 72 per cent of people found nurse prescribing the same as GP prescribing, and 23 per cent thought it was ‘a bit’ or ‘much’ better.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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