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GPs top league for skills in consultations

Dr Ann McPherson has questioned comments by Patricia Hewitt that specialist GP surgeries for teenagers are needed to improve care for this hard-to-reach group.

In a recent interview, the Health Secretary said GPs should question whether they were 'caring for the whole family' if teenagers were not using their service. Surgeries that specialised in teenagers could be the answer, she added.

Dr McPherson, a GP in Oxford and author of Diary of a Teenage Health Freak, said such a move was 'only one answer'.

She added: 'I would favour all GPs being properly trained in adolescent health.'

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