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Abuse case problems

Difficulties getting locum cover stops GPs attending child protection case conferences, a Commission for Health Improvement report finds.

The report into NHS organisations in the four London boroughs involved in the Victoria Climbie inquiry found the conferences often clashed with GPs' surgery times.

It also criticised GPs in Brent, Ealing and Haringey PCTs for rarely providing written reports to the conferences.

'GPs need to be made aware their input is vital for the welfare of the child concerned,' the Brent report concluded.

Ealing PCT plans to cover GPs' locum costs from this month to enable them to attend case conferences.

Dr Gillian Braunold, the Brent, Harrow, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster LMC chair, said using teleconferencing would also help GPs contribute.

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