The GMC's guidance on Good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices (2013) states that "You are responsible for any prescription you sign, including repeat prescriptions for medicines initiated by colleagues, so you must make sure that any repeat prescription you sign is safe and appropriate"  - making sure that "...suitable arrangements are in place for monitoring, follow-up and review taking account of the patients’ needs and any risks arising from the medicines".

Therefore any GPs concerned about accepting the responsibilty for prescribing a medicine initiated/recommended by a hospital specialist may wish to use the MTC-endorsed form to decline acceptance

 

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