Community psychiatric nurses and drug regimens

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6990.1329b (Published 20 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1329
  1. Billie Shepperdson
  1. Research associate Nuffield Community Care Studies Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7LT

    EDITOR,—Now that Mrs Patricia Cooksley, a nurse who was sacked by Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust in July 1994 because she failed to obtain a doctor's signature on a repeat prescription, has been reinstated, discussion of the issues can take place in a more detached way. The issues sur-rounding medication are certainly not new, and they have implications for the medical profession.

    A study of a community psychiatric nursing service which I carried out for a health authority in the 1980s provides evidence that community psychiatric nurses have long had to …

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