Report queries savings with doctor-nurse shift

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 29 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:280

The present vogue for shifting doctor's duties to nurses in an attempt to increase cost effectiveness may be misguided, according to a paper from the Centre for Health Economics. Previous studies have suggested that 30-70% of tasks performed by doctors could be done by nurses, the implication being that substantial savings could be made by substituting nurses for doctors in many situations.

The new discussion paper points out, however, that many …

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