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GPs 'are victims of own success' says MP

Shifting 10 per cent of nurses from acute trusts into primary care would demonstrate the effectiveness of primary care to the public, GP and MP Dr Howard Stoate has claimed.

Dr Stoate, who still practises as a GP in Dartford, Kent, told a Fabian Society lecture that GPs were 'a victim of their own success'. He said: 'The more successful we are the less visible our achievements ­ it's very difficult to measure heart attacks that haven't happened.

'If we redeploy 10 per cent of nurses in acute trusts it would transform primary care, support patients in their homes and double the number of practice nurses running preventive clinics. Primary care will be more visible to patients, who would see something tangible.'

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