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'Consultants are much more cost-effective than GPwSIs'

As a retired university student health doctor I entirely agree with Dr Ann McPherson (Clinical, July 2) that all GPS should be properly trained in adolescent health. But since nearly half of all adolescents now go to university or a further education college, they can have access to properly-trained and well-motivated GPs through their student health service, at least during term time.

It is a pity, however, that in the last 20 years or so some student health services have closed down, while yet more have been moved off campus. It is time this trend was reversed, and that universities and colleges play as important a role in a student's education as libraries or sports facilities.

Dr Thomas Dann

Cambridge

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