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£5,000 bill stops nurses going on prescribing course

Dr Dean Marshall's practice cannot send its nurses on extended independent prescribing training courses because it would cost nearly £5,000 to cover them.

Dr Marshall, a GP in Edinburgh, attacked the Scottish Executive after it set aside just £750 per practice to cover nurses' absence.

Lothian LMC calculated

the cost of the absence, including GPs' time, would

be £4,973.

'The prohibitive cost of covering for nurses is stopping them from going on the course. It's demotivating for the practice nurses who want to extend their role,' said Dr Marshall, secretary of

Lothian LMC.

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