CDs: nurse prescribers urged to write to MPs

Nurse prescribers should make their views on the delays to controlled drugs legislation known, according to nursing leaders. Frustration at the speed – or lack of it – with which the Home Office is introducing the long-promised changes to the law needed to allow nurse and pharmacist prescribers to prescribe all controlled drugs (see here) was apparent at the Association for Nurse Prescribing (ANP)’s annual conference in London last week.

Matt Griffiths, ANP committee member and visiting professor of prescribing and medicines management at the University of the West of England, has been campaigning on this issue for some time and is now urging nurse prescribers to write to their MPs asking them to press ministers to make this happen. The Chief Nursing Officer, Christine Beasley, agreed that nurse prescribers should make their views known to their MPs – she said she knows how important this issue is to nurses and their patients and that the changes will happen, despite the long delay so far.

If you would like to write to your MP, you can do so quickly and easily through this website. Â Alternatively, Professor Griffiths suggests that a handwrittten letter to your local MP can be a more effective way of getting their attention; and that if practitioners have case studies (anonymised of course) which would demonstrate the cost to services, waste of resources or compromises to the quality of patient care, then this will strength your case. He commented, ‘We have been waiting for this legislation for over two and a half years, and patients really are suffering as a result’. Do let others know through the forum on the community login side of the site.