BMA suggests nurses could become gatekeepers of the NHSBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7337.565 (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:565
- Owen Dyer
Nurses could replace doctors as gatekeepers to the health system if radical new proposals by the BMA are adopted. The discussion document published last week, represents an abrupt change of policy for the BMA, which has traditionally argued that doctors should be the first point of contact in the NHS.
The BMA proposes that in a primary care setting, nurse practitioners could assess patients with minor ailments. The nurse would direct the more serious cases to a general practitioner. Other patients could be treated by the nurse or sent to …