A new legislation passed by the British government will allow physiotherapists in the country to independently prescribe medications to patients instead of referring them to a GP.
The Department of Health revealed that plans to empower physiotherapists to prescribe were first outlined last year and Britain will be the first country that will allow patients to get their prescriptions right from the physiotherapists.
AdvertisementThe care and support minister Norman Lamb said that the legislation will speed up treatments and free up GP's time, adding that it also allows podiatrists to prescribe.
"This change will not only benefit patients by making it more convenient to get treatment but it will also free up valuable GP time. We are showing the world that the NHS is at the forefront of healthcare, paving the way for other countries. Physiotherapists and podiatrists are highly skilled professionals and these changes will allow them to give better care to the millions of people with acute and long term conditions", Lamb said.