Nurses Treat a Third of Patients in UK Surgeries

3 September 2009 (Last Updated September 3rd, 2009 18:30)

More than a third of patients visiting general practices in the UK are being treated by nurses rather than GPs, according to a new report. The NHS Information Centre report said that 34% of consultations were undertaken by nurses in 2008, up from the figure of 21% in 1995. Ph

More than a third of patients visiting general practices in the UK are being treated by nurses rather than GPs, according to a new report.

The NHS Information Centre report said that 34% of consultations were undertaken by nurses in 2008, up from the figure of 21% in 1995.

Physician groups said that the increase in consultations by nurses was intentional as they carry out routine and chronic care tasks, The Telegraph reports.