GP ban on aged care prescribing: 'A simplistic, expensive recipe for disaster'

Professor Max Kamien, one of the country's leading GPs, gives his assessment of what he says is a very bad idea

Is banning GPs from prescribing antipsychotics in nursing homes really a way to improve care?

Professor Max Kamien.

The Aged Care Royal Commission seems to think so, saying that it will help end the use of so-called chemical restraints.

It suggests from November 1 this year, only psychiatrists or geriatricians should be free to initiate the drugs, with GPs writing