McLaughlin welcomes physiotherapists prescription move

Maeve McLaughlin MLA. (0404MM10)
Maeve McLaughlin MLA. (0404MM10)

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed changes to legislation to allow physiotherapists to independently prescribe certain medication without a doctor’s countersignature.

The chair of the Assembly’s health committee said: “Legislation allowing physiotherapists to independently prescribe medicines for their patients without a doctor’s signature is a welcome step and will give patients increased access to treatment.

“This has the potential to make a real difference to patients as it will speed up the prescription process.

“It will also help take some of the workload from GPs who are already under a great deal of pressure.

“We will monitor the outworking of this initiative as it is rolled out across the North.”