Education And Debate

Primary care—opportunities and threats: developing prescribing in primary care

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 08 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:744
  1. Colin P Bradley, senior lecturera,
  2. Ross J Taylor, senior lecturerb,
  3. Alison Blenkinsopp, director of education and researchc
  1. a Department of General Practice University of Birmingham Birmingham B15 2TT
  2. b Department of General Practice, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB9 2AY
  3. c Department of Medicines Management, Keele University, Keele ST5 5BG
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Bradley


    The latest white papers on the NHS focus on stimulating innovation in the delivery of primary care and removing barriers to further development. Some of this innovation relates directly to prescribing in primary care, and in this article the authors speculate on what might happen if the prescribing initiatives referred to in the white papers were extended and disseminated more widely. The initiatives which might have the biggest impact are those encouraging closer collaboration between general practitioners and community pharmacists and those aiding extension of the current nurse prescribing scheme in primary care. Both offer considerable opportunities to improve primary care, but both bear some potential risks.

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