'Children's GPs' could threaten continuity of care

Doctors' leaders have warned that proposals to create a new grade of 'children's GP' in Yorkshire would undermine continuity of care.

The proposal, made in NHS Yorkshire and Humberside's response to the Darzi review, could mean that sick children see community paediatricians rather than family GPs. The report says that, although the idea is controversial, ‘everyone agrees there is a need to ensure [doctors] have the appropriate level of paediatric expertise'.

The SHA says is also considering making paediatrics a mandatory part of GP training, and identifying GPs who can ‘act as a beacon for other practices'.

GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman said that proposals for children's GPs would damage patient choice and undermine the concept of the family doctor. ‘It's a complete misunderstanding of what GPs do.'

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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