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Nurse prescribers quite up to the job

I refer to your news report on antibiotic prescribing by nurses (January 20).

Do doctors really think nurses do not understand the risks associated with antibiotic prescribing? Was is not the medical profession who caused the problems of resistance in the first place by years of over-prescribing and acquiescing to patient demands for a prescription.

There is sufficient evidence from the first cohort of nurse precribers to demonstrate that nurses are far more careful about not only what they precribe, but also of the cost than medical colleagues.

Chris Gatward

Nurse prescriber

Lead nurse

Isle of Barra

Western Isles

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