Ursell: responsibility for medication rests with GPs


Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Alarmist nonsense’ is how the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) describes claims by Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow that care home managers in Britain have accepted anti-psychotic medication as a means of managing difficult residents. The RNHA said it was a ludicrous suggestion, since all care home residents¹ medication is prescribed by their own GPs and not by managers or nurses working in the homes. RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell said GPs were responsible for making decisions about whether patients should be prescribed particular forms of medication to meet a clinical need. The doctors also decided on the dose and frequency with which the medication should be taken. “Those of us who manage nursing homes and care for patients round the clock would want our patients to receive only that medication which is necessary for their condition,” Mr Ursell said. “Over-medication is as undesirable as under-medication. The onus is on family doctors, working in partnership with pharmacists and oth





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