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You indicate the Working in Partnership Programme (WiPP) was due to publish survey results revealing huge disquiet over practice nurse pay levels (News, 20 November).

I'd like to make it clear WiPP is not a Government advisory body and therefore not in a position to accuse or make demands of GPs.

It is true that WiPP commissioned the SNAPshot survey as part of the WiPP general practice nursing initiative, in order to better understand the education, training and professional development requirements of nurses in general practice.

The survey was widely publicised and took place this May, June and July. The early results have been tabulated and analysed and are being shared with relevant organisations including the GPC, before the final results are published in an academic journal in 2008.

We were somewhat surprised to read your headline as WiPP has not collected information regarding nurse pay – that is not our area of interest. The survey questions are available for anyone to see on our website.

Editor's note: A researcher for WiPP – who did not want to be quoted – told Pulse the survey had raised issues about practice nurse pay, and discussed how GPs could be encouraged to share profits from the QOF more evenly.

From Sarah Wrixon, national communications lead, Working in Partnership Programme

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