Letter: Sorry nurses, GPs are always the first choice

Dear Editor

I have problems explaining to patients why they are not able to see a doctor when they are ill.

Let us ask Tony Blair who would he like to see if he was ill - a GP or a nurse practitioner.

If he needed a referral to secondary care, would he be happy to see a nurse consultant with two years' experience instead of a doctor consultant of 10 years' or more?

And if he needed an investigation would he be happy to be scoped by a trained nurse endoscopist with 12 months' experience instead of a consultant with 12 years'.

If he won't see the nurse, why do they expect my patients to be seen by a nurse practitioner, nurse consultant or a nurse trained to perform a procedure.

If he is happy to consult a nurse, may I suggest let us rename our NHS the nurse-provided health service.

Dr Anita Sharma, GP, Chadderton, Oldham.

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