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Just a quick comment from a PAs perspective. I have been working in general practice for nearly 9years now and I work exactly the same list as our GPs. My indemnity is through the MPS and I pay the same as a GP and am held clinically responsible for my decisions. Yes I have to knock on a GPs door to get a script signed but this is not as much of a big deal as people are making out. I have my own patient base that prefer to only see me and are quite insistent on seeing me over some of the GPs. We are not replacement GPs, how could we be with the breadth and depth of experience that a GP has? However there are now two of us in my practice and the workload that we take on is equivalent to that of a GP each. Our practice has high ratings on NHS choices and we work all day from 8am-6pm apart from an hour off for lunch. We do not just do 3hr surgeries AM and PM and we work to 10min appointments. We are part of the solution, not the problem. general practice still needs more GPs and people are correct that the government needs to address why GPs are leaving but until (if) that is sorted we need people to help address the ever increasing demand for appointments. patient education could go a long way to reducing the pressure on GPs rather then people feeling they need to see a GP for every sniffle or mild cough. If we work together then hopefully we can help each other and make work enjoyable and not the chore it has become for many

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