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Practice nurses face extra hours

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Practice nurses are set to see an increase in surgery opening hours, after GPs voted to accept controversial proposals enforced on them by the government.

The Department of Health offered GPs two options on extending their opening hours into the evenings and at weekends.

Both arrangements involved an extra three hours per week but the second option involved greater risk to practice income – and 96% of GPs voted for the safer option.

PCTs have until 1 April to implement the extension, which is likely to lead to changes for practice nurses (NT News, 19 February, p5).

Sue Nutbrown, nurse adviser for the National Association of Primary Care, said: ‘However it’s done, nurses must make sure they are not asked to take on more work without being paid for it.’

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