Half of practices have had community nursing staff withdrawn

More than 40 per cent of all practices across the UK have had their attached community nursing staff withdrawn in the last year.

The figures from the BMA’s national survey of GP opinion also found almost half (49 per cent) of the 7340 respondents had had their community nursing staff taken away since the introduction of the new GMS contract.

The survey backs up a motion from the conference of local medical committees, earlier this year that committed the BMA to fighting PCT moves to centralise district nurse and health visitor teams.

A spokeswoman for the BMA said it was too early to comment on how they would try to reverse the trend.

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