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Paediatric surgery should be performed by specialist surgeons

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7247.1423 (Published 27 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1423
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Surgery in children should be classified as a subspecialty and carried out by designated surgeons who have undergone appropriate training, recommends a report from the Royal College of Surgeons in England published last week.

    The report is calling for major changes in the training and workload of surgeons carrying out paediatric surgery. It also recommends organisational changes so that inpatient surgery for children would be undertaken only by hospitals with comprehensive paediatric facilities.

    Every district general hospital is being asked to develop a multidisciplinary group responsible for overseeing, improving, and integrating services for children. …

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