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    Re: Strengthening the links between paediatrics and primary care

    Dear Editor

    There is further evidence supporting Wilson’s view that general practitioners (GPs) who are well supported can safely manage childhood illness. Wilson cites Vernon’s paper from Newcastle showing how GPs did not always manage childhood urinary tract infections (UTIs) well.[1] The same group proceeded to a RCT of direct access to investigations for GPs, with a nurse practitioner who supported and educat...

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    Strengthening the links between paediatrics and primary care

    Dear Editor

    Court’s plan for the installation of primary care paediatricians in child care teams working from day care centres [1] would waste resources and harm children.

    Ni Bhrolchain [2] presents evidence for the skills of general practitioners in the management of acute paediatric illness. Experienced GPs, even those without hospital paediatric training, become very good at managing risk and uncert...

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