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Give pharmacists the chance to cut your workload

Dr Bill Cunningham is urging GPs 'not to get territorial' over prescribing decisions after his study suggested community pharmacists could cut workload.

The pharmacists reviewed 339 patients taking 10 or more medicines at 15 practices in Northumberland PCT. They made 1,922 recommended changes, of which 82 per cent were accepted by GPs.

Dr Cunningham, a GP in Corbridge, said some patients had been taking medication for no diagnosed reason: 'The potential for quality improvements in patient prescribing is immense.'

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