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Cheaper than GP assistant

At present many practice nurses do the job of a proposed GP assistant ­ some can also prescribe if they have undertaken the nurse prescribing course.

Many are trained midwives who could update to take on the monitoring of low-risk pregnancies.

We already have our own caseloads of patients with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, CHD and COPD. We monitor them and change medication as needed. Some of them never see a doctor for their chronic disease. We also see minor illness patients daily, diagnose illnesses, and treat appropriately ­ all with the back-up of the GP as needed.

All this for half the cost of a GP assistant!

E Muncaster

Nurse Practitioner

Bedfordshire

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