Palliative Care: Drugs

Health written question – answered on 7th February 2011.

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Photo of Stephen Lloyd Stephen Lloyd Liberal Democrat, Eastbourne

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the NHS takes a systematic and safe approach to the prescribing of terminal care drugs.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

Guidance for prescribers on the appropriate use of medicines for patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment is included in the British National Formulary, which is made available free of charge to national health service prescribers. This includes advice on the medicines that can be used for terminal care patients and the training that staff are required to undertake before administering them.

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