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Revalidation proposals 'need radical overhaul'

The Government has come part way to meeting the Shipman Inquiry's demands for restrictions on the use of controlled drugs but has stopped short of setting up a new monitoring body.

In its response to the fourth report of the inquiry, released to coincide with publication of the fifth report, the Government announced a dedicated officer would be elected by each health care organisation to monitor use of controlled drugs.

Although restrictions will be placed on the use of controlled drugs in circumstances such as prescribing for immediate family, as recommended by the inquiry, they will

not be enforced with criminal sanctions.

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