GP accuses nurse practitioners of 'failing to deal with patients'

Nurse practitioners are being used to increase patient through-put, risking 'thoroughness and satisfactory management', according to a GP.

Writing in The Times yesterday, GP Dr Mandy Pegman, of Tyne and Wear, says: ‘When I refer a patient to the hospital for a consultant’s opinion I find increasing numbers return to me, confused and dissatisfied, having seen an ‘advanced practitioner’ or ‘specialist (nurse) consultant’ who has failed to deal with their problem.

‘Nurses are not doctors. They generally have poorer qualifications. They have shorter and less rigorous training. Nurses are being used to increase the through-put of patients, but at what cost to thoroughness and satisfactory management?’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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