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Nurses must stop antibiotic prescribing too

I think it's a good idea to cut the prescribing of antibiotics ('QOF revamp runs into difficulty').

But how can this be done if nurses - who don't know the difference between penicillin, amoxicillin and flucloxacillin - are allowed to prescribe?

GPs will follow these incentives meticulously as they are already conditioned to reach prescribing targets.

But first we should stop nurses prescribing antibiotics and then see how they react to complaints from angry patients who go home empty-handed.

From Dr Kadiyali Srivatsa, Woking, Surrey

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