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Peverley hit wrong note on paediatric GPs

I am annoyed at the language used by Dr Phil Peverley in his article on paediatric GPs ('Just leave us to be brilliant').

His use of phrases such as 'bastard idiots' reflects badly on him, Pulse magazine and GPs in general.

There is a problem that paediatric A&E departments are very busy and full of concerned parents with ill children. There are many causes for this - one is the limited access to appointments at GP surgeries. A second is that worried parents think A&E may offer better advice.

Compare this with the European model of community-based paediatrics and you can see the logic in establishing a children's specialist GP service.

The system as it currently stands creates thousands of A&E attendances where a primary care solution is more appropriate.

Doing nothing is not an option and Dr Peverley would do well to understand this.

His column does not suggest one hint of a desire to establish common ground, or enter into a serious negotiation with the Department of Health on how to improve paediatric care.

I know his column is designed to be provocative, but the only person who looks silly in this instance is perhaps Phil himself.

From Dr Neil Browning, GP and Darzi fellow, Richmond and Twickenham PCT

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