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End this doctor-nurse divide

As a GP I read with dismay the letter from Sue Lawal, nurse practitioner and prescriber (Letters, 20 September).

That she found Professor McGavock's comments offensive is understandable. That she then felt a need to ‘have a go' at my GP colleagues is sadly reminiscent of the old doctor-nurse rivalry that didn't do either party any good in the past and won't in the future.

As a GP, representing the last bastion of generalism in medicine, I feel we have a lot to gain from our learned specialist nurse practitioner colleagues.

Equally though, I believe they have a lot to learn from us.

Bickering between ourselves only plays into the hands of the politicians, who are revelling in the fragmentation of service provision at a primary care level.

Those same politicians will be gone or moved on in the near future, leaving us, as the professionals, to continue providing care for the public.

We need to unite in our cause, to provide clinical care for patients, appreciate each other's strengths and weaknesses and move forward in support of each other.

Slagging each other off belittles all of us, particularly in the eyes of a very destructive mind process, currently evident in this Government.

Dr Adrian Millman, Fareham, Hampshire

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