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Moving in the Right Direction

01/08/2012 | By Sharmila Chauhan
The Department of Health has announced that physiotherapists and podiatrists will be authorised to prescribe painkillers and anti-inflammatories by 2014.
Currently, physiotherapist and pediactrics are not able to prescribe any drugs, which means that patients may also have to visit their GPs or pharmacies to give medication. However, following relevant training, this type of medication may be available directly to the patient from their therapist.  This may be particularly important for people who are suffering from chronic pain, mobility issues as well as asthma and neurological conditions.
However at present, the availability of physiotherapists and podiatrics on the NHS is still limited, with patients waiting for significant length of time before receiving treatment. Private health insurance may help patients to receive treatment faster and many private health plans may include physiotherapy and other alternative treatments, as part of the policy, even with travel health insurance.
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