Committee is out of touch with needs of profession

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7052.305b (Published 03 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:305
  1. P D Thomas
  1. General practitioner Gipping Valley Practice, Barham, Ipswich IP6 0AS

    EDITOR,—As one of few local NHS general practitioners who provide patients with a comprehensive, personal 24 hour medical service I often feel isolated, vulnerable, and exposed to censure. I question the motives behind the General Medical Services Committee's recent advice about the provision of intrapartum care.1 A G Baird and colleagues confirm the ability of most general practitioners to provide a satisfactory intrapartum obstetric service,2 and, in accord with Jeremy Bradbrook and colleagues, I consider the committee's advice to be damaging.3 …

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