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General practice debate series launched

7 June 2007

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The Working in Partnership Programme (WiPP) has commissioned  the website to try and help engage practices and health professionals, and further awareness of the WiPP’s free resources to support general practice, via a “General Practice Question Time” debate – a short series of WiPP debates.

The focus of the first debate was “Skill Mix in General Practice”. The wide-ranging questions submitted by frontline NHS clinicians enabled the panel of experts from the WiPP advisory group (WIPPAG) to address different issues relating to how roles are changing within general practice, and other questions including:

  • Are GPs reluctant to relinquish control to their practice nurses?
  • Is there a growing demand for self care programmes?
  • Are poor leadership qualities within general practices limiting growth and efficiency?
  • Are there concerns regarding litigation and medical indemnity costs?
  • What are the parameters of the practice nurse’s and health care assistant’s role?

The panel comprised Chris Town, John Chisholm CBE, Lynn Young and Professor Nigel Sparrow. The debate was chaired by former BBC health correspondent, Sharon Alcock.