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GP out-of-hours services to include more prominent role for nurses


Obviously juxtaposes with an increasing difficulty in attracting "time served" GPs to do these sessions which are during "unsocial hours" at the "greedy fat cat rates" much discussed in various highly authoritative(politically partisan ergo anti-doctor) newspapers.I don't have any objection to advanced nurse practitioners trying to do this work although it would help if I knew what training in examination/diagnosis and management they have had,what scrutiny this has been subjected to and what ongoing appraisal ensures their standards.I personally would not be happy to supervise someone in this situation.I know a lot of nurses who feel very confident about doing this but confidence does not equate to competence.Are these nurses going to be given medical training and who is going to provide this.Handing them stacks of protocols and algorithms and throwing in some Crown Immunity may prove very costly to the British tax payers in the short,medium and long term.

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06 Apr 2016

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