GPs 'pressured' to sedate aged care residents

The RACGP hits back at claims GPs are 'stupefying' their patients

Nursing home staff are pressuring GPs to sedate difficult residents to compensate for inadequate staffing levels, RACGP president Dr Harry Nespolon says.

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The misuse of psychotropic drugs is expected to be a key focus of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality, which is having its first public hearings in Adelaide on Friday.

But the blame-game over the prescription of sedatives appears to be already beginning, after Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt publicly chastised doctors at a press conference on Thursday, telling them to stop “stupefying”

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