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Independents' Day

GPs must heed warning on paediatric care

Your recent editorial was absolutely right ('The end of family practice?').

GPs have been unfairly maligned over their paediatric skills. The risk is that your warning will go unheeded by helpless, hardworking GPS with their noses too close to the grindstone. GPs must be given adequate update courses by PCTs on all aspects of family practice free of cost as a matter of in-service training - like all other professions. That is the way forward to provide a quality service for patients. And yet rather than properly resourcing training, 30% of the £110bn NHS budget is being spent on paper-pushers.

The NHS is a unique British achievement centred around the family doctor - as the best provider and advocate of services for patients and their families. The NHS is a system the President Obama would love to have for US patients and yet this Government is hell-bent on systematically destroying the vital, pivotal role of the generalist GP. We GPs must unite and fight to save family doctor services for paediatric patients.

From Dr Vijay Bansal, Stockton Heath, Cheshire

Paediatric care

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