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Prescribing: don't call me amateur

From Margaret Briggs, RMN RGN BSc SpQ GPN Dip Travel Medicine,

Nurse prescriber, by e-mail

I have to register my disappointment and disquiet after reading Dr Phil Peverley's piece (26 November) regarding extending prescribing rights to pharmacists and nurses. He is entitled to his opinion, as I am to mine.

Neither group, pharmacists or nurses, are amateurs ­ they are professionals responsible to regulating bodies.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is not a group of amateurs handing out prescribing rights to anyone. Such rights go only to registered nurses, who have demonstrated through exams, coursework, essays and portfolios that they fulfil the criteria set.

I am a nurse with 35 years' qualified experience (20 in practice nursing). I take exception to being called an amateur, as I'm sure do most of my colleagues.

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