As per revised amendments being announced today, it has been revealed that podiatrists and physiotherapists will now be allowed to recommend medicines to patients.
The Department of Health (DH) said that before they could start giving prescriptions to their patients, they will need to take training. Experts said that the announcement will help a lot of patients, as they will no longer need to shift from physiotherapists to other doctors.
Initially, podiatrists and physiotherapists used to recommend their patients to other doctors, as they were not allowed to prescribe them any kind of medicine. However, now as per the new amendment they will be allowed.
The announced amendment will come under force from April 2013. "Physiotherapists and podiatrists are highly trained clinicians who play a vital role in ensuring patients receive integrated care that helps them recover after treatment or manage a long-term condition", said Health minister Lord Howe.
Dr. Helena Johnson, who is heading the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), said that letting physiotherapists to come forth and give medicines to patients will bring a lot of improvement in their confidence. This confidence will be used in coming time, as quality care will be needed, further affirmed Helena Johnson.
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