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Why's Phil got his knife out for practice nurses?

From Calire Holland and Viv Devlin, Practice nurses, Shenfield, Essex

From Calire Holland and Viv Devlin, Practice nurses, Shenfield, Essex

With regard to columnist Dr Phil Peverley, we are two practice nurses who would very much like to know what his 'issues' are with practice nurses. He really seems to have the knife out for us. Why does he feel threatened?

He obviously resents the degree of knowledge and autonomy we have, and feels we provide a second-class service to our patients. Perhaps this is true in Sunderland, but our nurse-led clinics are very much in demand, and we are frequently consulted by our GPs on best practice.

So how does Dr Phil answer that? No doubt with his trademark cynicism.

Incidentally, the childhood immunisation schedule story (News, 9 February) does not concur with the Department of Health letter of 8 February to GPs. You said three immunisations are to be given at two months while the department advises the three be given at four months. Which is correct?

This is obviously a source of potential confusion, which we are sure you would seek to avoid at all costs.

Editor's note: As we corrected last week in 'For the record', the Men C vaccine will be given at three and four months, not two and three. Pulse had been incorrectly briefed in advance of the announcement.

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