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Trusts need to work together to avoid delays in paediatric surgery

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 14 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3711
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Children who need routine surgery could face delays and have to travel long distances for operations unless new networks are organised across the NHS to provide services in local hospitals, surgeons have warned.

    The number of surgeons in England who can perform routine operations on children has dwindled in the past decade for a variety of reasons, says the Royal College of Surgeons.

    Many general surgeons and urologists who treated adults but also operated on children have retired, and because trainee surgeons tend to specialise there are …

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