Nurses as 'high quality' as GPs

Nurses can deliver as high quality care as GPs in most areas of general practice including preventive healthcare, the management of long-term conditions, and first contact care for people with minor illness, according to a University of Manchester professor.

Bonnie Sibbald, professor of health services research at the University of Manchester, argued that primary care should be nurse led in this week’s BMJ.

She argued that substituting nurses for doctors has the potential to improve the efficiency of primary care.

She said: ‘The GPs’ role should evolve to become that of a consultant in primary care receiving referrals from nurses.’

Leicester GP Dr Rhona Knight argued that nurse-led primary care would restrict patient choice and undermine the importance of nurses’ unique contribution to primary care.

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