Nurses fear patients' anger if GPs cut services

Practice nurses fear they will be forced to explain service cuts to patients if GPs 'work to rule' over a pay dispute with the DoH.

Some also expressed concern that GPs could seek to cut nursing staff to save money.

Practices are threatening to drop services they provide for free after the DoH called for their core pay to be frozen for a third year running in evidence to the review body that advises on doctors’ pay.

But many of the services they cut are likely to be those provided by nurses, including blood tests, post-operative checks, wound care and suture removal.

Doncaster independent nurse practitioner Martin Gray warned: ‘Nurses are always in a bad position when services are cut. They are stuck in the middle, and have large numbers of patient contacts.’

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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