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'The drugs are prescribed by GPs'


Chairman of the National Care Homes Association Nadra Ahmed says anti-psychotic drugs are prescribed by GPs, not care services staff.

About 180,000 patients a year are given the drugs in care homes, hospitals and their own homes to manage aggression.

But an official review - commissioned by ministers - said the treatment was unnecessary in nearly 150,000 cases and was linked to 1,800 deaths.


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