Why GPs are alarmed by the push for registered nurse prescribing
GP Dr Iliya Englin is happy to see appropriately trained nurses prescribing under the supervision of doctors — just not in Australia.
The Australian GP has worked in New Zealand with a handful of experienced, hand-picked nurses who generated prescriptions under his standing orders, which he would later check and sign off.
“Their benefit is enormous as far as I am concerned, they take away all the routine work,” says Dr Englin, whose rural NZ practice was one hour from the nearest hospital.
The NZ nurses, who