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MPs disappointed by response to report on allergy services

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 20 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:164
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The House of Commons health select committee, a cross party group of MPs that advises on health issues, has criticised the government's response last week to its report on allergy.

    The committee had recommended the development of a nationwide specialist allergy service. The government, however, has asked for more evidence before acting on these recommendations. The Royal College of Physicians was also disappointed by the government's statement.

    The committee's report, submitted last year, recommended setting up a specialist allergy centre in each of the eight health regions in England to provide centres for local networks of competent practice in allergy care and to facilitate training of primary care staff. The report warned that many patients with allergies were currently seen by dermatologists …

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