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If community paediatricians did not exist, it would be necessary to invent them
  1. C M Ni Bhrolchain
  1. Consultant Community Paediatrician, Wirral Hospital NHS Trust, UK;

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    Since 1991 there has been talk of abolishing community paediatrics as a specialty.1 At that time, a group of related specialties was proposed: a specialty of child development and rehabilitation (neurodisability); child protection would be subsumed into general paediatrics and there would be child public health doctors. Since then there has been a view among some paediatricians that community paediatricians should become the general paediatricians of the future.2,3 Dr Chambers’ recent article proposes a narrow view of community paediatrics, concentrating on chronic illness and …

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