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GP superiority complex is bad for everyone

The nurse who wrote in last week made some very valid observations.

Skill comes with training and exposure. If nurses are front runners in chronic disease, they will have more detailed knowledge in that area.

This does not excuse the failure of GPs to be up to date but I expect a clinician to be better in their field of expertise than others who have less exposure day to day. Will we never move away from the infantile 'better than thou' mentality? It reeks of insecurity and low self-esteem.

I often ask our nurses for advice and pride myself on working in a complementary team, not an arrogant and threatening one, where asking is associated with failure.

It truly saddens me to think there are colleagues out there who feel they had one over on each other because they were asked for advice.

Further, why is there the need to remain anonymous on such a fundamental issue? If your GPs perform under par, it is your responsibility to flag these deficits up openly to be able to improve services for your patients.

Dr Saadet Lauble, Hertfordshire

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