Mechanism of accountability needs to be developed for changing role of healthcare professionals

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7097.1833a (Published 21 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1833
  1. Martin Lombard, Senior lecturer in medicinea,
  2. James Brown, Postgraduate course tutorb,
  3. Gillian Hall, Assistant headb,
  4. Richard Sturgess, Consultant physicianc
  1. a University Department of Medicine, Liverpool L69 3BX
  2. b School of Health Studies, Edge Hill University College, Aintree Hospitals Complex, Liverpool
  3. c Aintree Hospitals Trust, Liverpool L9 7AL

    Editor—We were interested to read Terence English's personal paper about extending nurses' professional roles.1 We set up the first course to train nurses in endoscopy and to insert percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy feeding tubes that was approved by the English National Board,2 and we therefore have first hand experience of many of the issues he addressed. It may be important to make a distinction for …

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