George Winter is a freelance journalist and a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science. In 1999 Emap Healthcare published his textbook Clinical Virology: a guide for practitioners and in 2007 he won the Opinion Category at the GlaxoSmithKline Irish Medical Media Awards for his weekly column in the Irish Medical News. He contributes to the Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, a range of nursing publications and writes a monthly ‘Behind the Science’ column for Running fitness magazine. His other clients include the Irish Times, the Daily Mail and the Herald.
NHS trusts should deploy more clinical pharmacists, including pharmacist prescribers, and use them to drive value from the £6.7bn that NHS hospitals spends on medicines every year, Lord Carter has advised in his final review of English NHS acute hospitals.
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