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Medicines management: Should the NMC withdraw its standards for medicines management?

As part of its overhaul of nursing education, the Nursing and Midwifery Council is consulting on plans to withdraw its standards for medicines management. But medicines legislation is complicated and this could put both patients and nurses at risk, warns medicines management expert Matt Griffiths. 
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As part of its overhaul of nursing education, the Nursing and Midwifery Council is consulting on plans to withdraw its standards for medicines management. But medicines legislation is complicated and this could put both patients and nurses at risk, warns medicines management expert Matt Griffiths

The proposed withdrawal of the standards for medicines management is potentially detrimental to both nurses and patients.

Medicines legislation is extremely complicated. The standards help practitioners understand what is legal and what is illegal, and help them understand legislation on licenced, off-licence and unlicensed medicines and the impact this could have on them.

Other subjects covered by the standards include patient group directions, remote prescriptions, delegation, the management of adverse events and controlled drugs.

There is so much helpful information available in this one document, and with the average nurse spending 40% of their

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