The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee said practice nurses are also carrying out an increased number of consultations, such as asthma and diabetes reviews, helping GPs spend more time on more complex cases.
It has allowed the average length of a GP consultation to rise from 8.4 minutes in 1992 to 11.7 minutes in 2006.
In evidence to the committee hearing, Professor David Colin-Thome´, national clinical director of primary care said: ‘[An] NAO Report says that nurse pay has not gone up to the same degree as that for GPs, so in that respect you will be right.’
Edward Leigh, committee chairman, said: 'Partners in GP practices are now putting in less time and their productivity has decreased. Only their pay is burgeoning, having increased on average by an eye-watering 58 per cent since 2003.'