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GPs go forth

Huge training gap in allergy specialists

The UK is training up allergy specialists far too slowly, a Lords inquiry has heard.

Only eight places are currently funded, at various stages of training that takes five years to complete, the science select committee was told.

That means on average only 1.6 allergy specialists complete training each year – despite the UK having higher allergy rates than most developed nations.

The committee said it would consider recommending the

addition of allergy indicators

to the quality and outcomes framework.

Dr Mark Levy, a GP in Middlesex presenting evidence on behalf of the RCGP, said: 'It would generate a lot of savings in the NHS, reduce referrals and benefit patients.'

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