I am petitioning Downing Street on nurse prescribing
I read with interest your front-page article ‘Huge explosion in nurse prescribing' (News, 23 August).
I was quite alarmed by your findings. I did not realise quite how many nurses could now prescribe such a wide range of medicines, many of which have very specialised indications and potentially severe side-effects.
I was so concerned about this news that I was motivated to put forward a petition to the No 10 Downing Street website calling for a restriction of nurse prescribing, which was accepted.
Go to petitions.pm.gov.uk, then search for ‘saferprescribing'.
I wonder if this petition is something your readers would be interested in? I know that many doctors are concerned about this issue.
Dr Gee Shin, specialist registrar, London