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Put more paediatric knowledge into primary care to tackle UK’s poor child health outcomes, says report

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2273 (Published 29 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2273
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

General practitioners assessing or treating children with unscheduled care should have access to immediate telephone advice from a consultant paediatrician, new standards have said.

The recommendation is one of 11 standards in a report that is designed to improve health outcomes in children by ensuring good connectivity between primary care, hospital, and community services and by bringing specialist child paediatric knowledge into primary care. The standards were produced by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Nursing, and the Royal College of General Practitioners.1

In February 2013 the government announced a new drive to reduce the rate of child mortality in the United Kingdom, which is currently …

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