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Employment adviser cuts GP workload

Dr Roy Macgregor's practice estimates it is saving 500 GP consultations a year by allowing an employment adviser to work from the premises one day a week.

The adviser Faruk Noor sees about five patients a week who are signed off work on long-term sick leave at the north London surgery. All of the 200 patients he has helped have either returned to work or taken up a college or training course.

Dr Macgregor said: 'In the past if a patient had asked about getting back to work or welfare advice I would not have had the time or knowledge to help and would have had to refer them to an outside agency.'

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