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The GP substitute will see you now


An army of more than 20,000 physios, pharmacists and paramedics are to be recruited in England to work alongside under-pressure GPs, NHS bosses say.

The new staff will work with GPs, taking responsibility for some of the 300 million bookings made with practices each year.

They will also provide continuing care to patients in the community.

NHS England said this should allow GPs to spend more time with the sickest patients.

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