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    Paediatrics is community paediatrics

    Dear Editor,

    Drs. Bannon and Mather give a gloomy prognosis for the future of community paediatrics which is not new: many of the same views were expressed in the RCPCH review of the field by Craft et al. However there are a number of reasons for being more positive and presenting a clear vision.

    First, we should stop saying that community paediatrics is difficult to explain. I say that 'I practic...

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    Community Paediatrics

    Dear Editor

    Dr Mather’s and Dr Bannon’s articles are timely reminders of the crisis facing community paediatrics today. When I am asked what I do as a community paediatrician I say that “I generally endeavour to manage children with physical, behavioural and emotional difficulties in their locality rather than them having to come to see me in a hospital.” If then Dr Bannon’s layperson wants a sentence or two m...

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    Community paediatricians

    Dear Editor,

    I was pleasantly surprised with the leading article "Community paediatrics in crisis" by Dr M Mather.

    She pointed out in the article the minute details about the work and obstacles of community paediatricians. I always felt that the Royal College of Paediatrics is dominated by the acute hospital paediatricians and super-specialists. Now I wish that our royal college do pay attention and due r...

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