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Independents' Day

Don't deride colleagues

From Lindy Turnbull, Nurse prescriber and lecturer Ripon, North Yorkshire

While reading Dr Phil Peverley's article (Columnists, 26 November) I was reminded of a word I came across recently: 'testiculating'. It means, apparently, to wave one's arms around while talking bollocks.

I am not sure what point Dr Peverely is making. He seems unhappy that other professionals have visited, yet he does not say the treatment provided was inappropriate or ineffective.

A hospital admission was avoided and the emergency practitioners involved may well have communicated with him after their Monday morning follow-up visit.

Dr Peverley is also worried about non-medical prescribers. Presumably he does not prescribe 'just about anything [he] feels like' and I'm puzzled why he assumes others will.

The eight weeks of training quoted by Dr Peverely is in fact six months. On top of 26 days in college and 12 days with a medical mentor, students compile three case studies, five reflections, multiple critical incidents, a prescribing log and a competency-based portfolio. There is also an exam.

It is a shame that Dr Peverley felt the need to express his fears and insecurities about the changes in his profession by insulting colleagues.

I too have misgivings about the changes in health care, but deriding other professionals is not the way to improve care.

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