Monday 23 November, 2020

Specialised nurses likely to be soon authorised to write prescriptions

Dr Christopher Tufton

Dr Christopher Tufton

A group of specialised nurses locally is beaming with pride while some doctors are up in arms about a recent Government decision.

Cabinet has approved a proposal to amend the Pharmacy Act to allow nurse practitioners to write some prescriptions for patients.

Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, made the announcement while addressing the annual general meeting of the Nurses’ Association of Jamaica’s (NAJ) recently.

The nurse practitioners are specialised nurses holding at least a master’s degree.

There are some 200 nurse practitioners locally, who are trained in patient diagnosis. They operate from various service points and facilities across the country, including in some deep rural areas where doctors from the public health service are few and far between.

Dr Tufton said the Government intends to give the nurse practitioners the authority to prescribe some drugs, despite objections from some doctors.

The pending development has long been mooted by the NAJ, which has declared the concerns from some doctors to be without merit.

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