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Training row over nurse prescribing

Nurse prescribers may be left to mentor their own colleagues amid a fierce row over who should be responsible for training and supervision.

GPs are refusing to support training up of nurses because of lack of resources for the 'onerous' workload. The news came as BMA council members demanded an investigation into the safety of nurse prescribing.

A poll run on the Doc-tors.net.uk website found the vast majority of doctors opposed the new regulations and were unwilling to undertake nurse training.

In total 225 agreed with the statement 'I do not believe doctors should help to train nurse practitioners and do not support their current role'. Only seven agreed with the counter statement.

Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC negotiator, said: 'The problem is there isn't any clearly identified resource to support GPs to get involved in this. The time required is quite onerous. Most practices have turned down opportunities to get involved purely on those grounds.'

But doctors' objections could be circumvented by allowing other nurses to do the work, suggests a new study in Nurse Education Today, which found 72 per cent of 868 nurse prescribers felt confident to act as mentors.

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