When I left standard general practice back in 2000 I recognized that the family doctor was going to be making way for the Nurses.
The growing reality is that government can’t afford to pay for doctors – nurses are much cheaper.
BUT … I also recognized that nurses – as heretical as it sounds – are probably better for the patient’s health too.
Doctor’s, as well meaning as they generally are, can be dangerous cowboys.
Nurses don’t have the mindset of doctors. They have been trained much more in the way Dr Atul Gawande recommends in this video below.
Hopefully we are seeing the rise of a ‘new medicine’ in the seeds of this talk.
[Note: the surgical part starts at 13:00, but the whole video is well worth watching.]