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Letters Improving child health services

Future rests with GPs

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 10 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2890
  1. David W Jones, GP adviser on children and family services1
  1. 1NHS North of Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 9AA, UK
  1. david.jones3{at}

Concerns about the competency of GPs in managing health problems in children are not new,1 but with the onset of GP commissioning the requirement to address them is urgent. The first step is for general practice as a profession to recognise its important role in the health and welfare of children. Then two things …

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