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Physician assistants? This Government hasn't a clue

I read with interest your article on physicians assistants (News, February 9).

I work as a clinician in primary care, following the completion of an MSc which taught history taking, clinical examination skills and diagnostics as part of the qualification.

I currently perform all of the roles described in your article and I do prescribe. I am a nurse and I unfortunately do not earn £40,000.

There are many of us performing assistants' roles in primary care, which we enjoy and are happy that we do not have the additional responsibilities and stresses that GPs face.

I feel the Government consistently demonstrates is hasn't got a clue what is going on in health care.

Catherine Jackson

Nurse Clinician

Cheshire

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