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Health: Physiotherapy

Volume 704: debated on Wednesday 29 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In light of their announcement that physiotherapists will be able to take self-referrals, whether they will afford them independent prescribing status. [HL5781]

Physiotherapists can already train to become supplementary prescribers, prescribing in partnership with a doctor.

The department has recently begun a scoping project to look at mechanisms for supply and prescribing of medicines by allied health professions.

Any profession that aspires to prescribe needs to have a robust business case, demonstrating strong benefits to patients, without compromising patient safety.