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Government enlists nurses to help GPs care for the elderly

The Government has drafted in nurses to help GPs and other health care professionals to look after elderly patients.

The scheme, announced at a recent meeting on the national service framework for older people in London, will involve around 100 nurses from the NHS and independent sector and will be rolled out in the New Year.

A Department of Health spokesman said each strategic health authority would nominate three nurses to carry out a work-based project to improve care of older people within a certain health care sector, including primary care.

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