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Lack of allergy specialists drives patients to alternative treatments

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7404.1415 (Published 26 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1415
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    A scathing report by the Royal College of Physicians says that the NHS is failing people with allergy and that the burden of allergic disease has assumed epidemic proportions.


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    This idyllic scene by Gustav Klimt (Farmhouse with Birch Trees) would be anathema to many people because it features both grass and birch trees, two of the most common allergens in Britain

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    The report says that only a tiny minority of doctors are trained to treat allergies, and the NHS is not honouring promises to increase the number of specialists.

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