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GP backs drug rationing

Dr Ivan Wisely is backing the rationing of expensive drugs by his local health board after facing 'intolerable pressures' over prescribing costs.

Grampian health board has been threatened with action by Scottish Executive ministers after setting up a committee to assess the cost-effectiveness of expensive drugs backed by national prescribing watchdogs such as NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, the country's equivalent of NICE.

Dr Wisely, secretary of Grampian LMC and a GP in Aberdeen, said the struggle to provide good care and meet prescribing budgets was 'driving GPs out of general practice'.

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