NHS debates the need to have GPs

Members of the public have been invited to discuss whether one Welsh trust needs doctors.

NHS North Wales chief executive Mary Burrows and other senior members of the trust will ask: 'In a world of limited resources can we actually afford, and do we still need, doctors?'

An invitation to the event suggested that because many traditional roles have been taken over by specialist nurses, doctors are 'relatively expensive'.

GPC Wales chairman Dr David Bailey said he was not particularly concerned by the discussion. 'We are using more nurse practitioners in primary care, but so that doctors can perform more complex tasks.

'I don't think many in the nursing profession would want to take sole clinical responsibility for patients.'

The debate was due to take place on 26 February in Wrexham.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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