Prescribing of poisonous drugs powers to be handed to physiotherapists and podiatrists

20 August 2013 Last updated at 00:42 Share this pageEmailPrint

Physiotherapists given prescribing powers

Physiotherapists and podiatrists have been given prescribing powers in the UK, meaning they can give medicines to their NHS patients.

The legislation should improve access and speed of treatment.

Staff will need to prove they have completed the necessary training before they can start handing out drugs.

Nurses and pharmacists are already allowed to prescribe under similar arrangements brought in by the government some years ago.

Until now, physiotherapists and podiatrists could prescribe medication, such as painkillers, only when working with the written authority of a doctor as a ‘supplementary prescriber’.

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said the move would not only benefit patients by making it more convenient to get treatment, but would also free up valuable GP time.

“Physiotherapists and podiatrists are highly skilled professionals and these changes will allow them to give better care to the millions of people with acute and long-term conditions,” he said.

Phil Gray, chief executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said: “This is a landmark moment that will lead to patients receiving faster, more effective treatment for their condition.

“Physiotherapists being able to independently prescribe – for the first time anywhere in the world – will remove bureaucracy, free up time for doctors and save money for the NHS.”

Around 15 million people are currently living with a long term condition which requires trips to hospital or to the GP.

Many of these could benefit from the new legislation

One comment

  • theunhivedmind

    Is it not interesting how big pharma (The Worshipful Company of Apothecaries/Barbers) will grant any old idiot the right to prescribe dangerous and poisonous drugs. Do vile organizations like the MHRA say anything or bat an eyelid? No! But when it is a herbalist or homoeopath they want to try to stop them from handing out natural remedies. What is even more strange to get your head around is how one minute the establishment claim homoeopathic remedies have nothing in them but in the next breath they say a homoeopath cannot dispense the remedies and they need regulating. Can you see what is happening here?

    -= The Unhived Mind

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