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National prescribing exam could be ‘under consideration’ for GPs

16 Apr 2012

In future, doctors may have to sit a national prescribing examination in order to practise in the health service, according to Prof Patrick Murray, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Chair of the Drugs and Therapeutics Committee at the Mater Hospital.

Professor Patrick Murray has been approached by Professor Gerard Bury, on behalf of the Health Service Executive (HSE), to assemble a working group on safety and efficacy in prescribing, and there is talk of introducing a national prescribing examination, which doctors would have to take in order to be fully registered.

The UK has recently put together such a test, with online delivery, and Britain plans to require all medical school graduates to take it.

Interest from the Department of Health and the Clinical Indemnity Scheme is understood to be strong.

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