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GPs worried over wider nurse role

GP concerns over nurse practitioners in primary care may impede changes in UK policy to give nurses a wider role, suggest the findings of a new study.

A focus group study of 25 GPs from four surgeries in Yorkshire with a mix of different nursing roles found four main areas of concern.

GPs were mainly worried about the threat to their own status with their workload changing but not decreasing, with GPs being left with more heartsink patients.

There were also concerns about job and financial securities, nurses' capabilities including training and scope of responsibility and those con- cerned with structural and organisational barriers, said the study published in this month's Family Practice.

The authors urged a 'rethink of roles, responsibilities and skills mix' to meet increasing pressures in primary care.

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