Doctors react angrily to withdrawal of free copies of BNF for students

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 13 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:534
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. Margate

    The safety of patients could be threatened by a government decision that will affect the quality of training of young doctors in the use of drugs, say leaders of the profession.

    The Department of Health has decided to stop paying for a free copy of the British National Formulary (BNF) for all medical students in England. The move has been described as illogical, shortsighted, and against the current drive to reduce the number of prescribing errors.

    The BNF provides up to date information on all drugs available on the NHS and is used daily by more than 200 000 health professionals in the United Kingdom to help them select the correct treatment for patients.

    The BNF also helps students develop their …

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