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Who caused the drug resistance?

Should nurses be able to prescribe antibiotics (News report, January 20)?

Extending prescribing rights to nurses is long overdue. The ability to also prescribe a few antibiotics will not, as some doctors fear, increase antimicrobial resistance. Nurses are probably more aware than doctors of this problem, and it will be interesting to see data from the PPA regarding antibiotics prescribing rates.

Please remember that when a prescription is issued by an extended nurse prescriber, the drug is necessary for the patient's treatment. Had this not been issued by the nurse, it would have been issued by a doctor. After all, who has had the monopoly on prescribing until now, so causing the state we are in today with drug resistance?

Julie Leech

Nurse practitioner

Sidcup, Kent

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