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GPs need to make nurses feel valued

I couldn't agree more with Frank Hunter (Letters, April 5). I know that many of my nursing colleagues are snowed under with requests to tidy up the computer data and run extra chronic disease clinics in order to meet GMS targets. This is all expected on top of their normal workload.

In many instances it seems the jobs most affected are those of the practice staff. Yet what benefits will these same staff see when the greatest amount of points are achieved? – None.

The practice nurses I meet want to be included in the Agenda for Change but as GPs are not forced to offer this to their staff many nurses feel their GP employers will avoid carrying this forward. Many nurses are talking of leaving the profession as they feel so undervalued.

Come on doctors, please recognise the skills your staff have and the hard work they are doing and talk to them about the GMS contract and Agenda for Change.

Caroline Arrowsmith

Practice Nurse



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