Saturday 3 December 2016

Mums have lost confidence to diagnose their children

Our youngsters have never been healthier yet surgeries are full, writes Professor of Paediatrics Alf Nicholson

Professor Alf Nicholson

Published 24/04/2016 | 02:30

Concerns are growing that children see the doctor more frequently than in the past as anxious parents turn to their GP over minor illnesss. (Stock picture)
Concerns are growing that children see the doctor more frequently than in the past as anxious parents turn to their GP over minor illnesss. (Stock picture)

I am concerned that children see the doctor more frequently than in the past. This trend was evident before the free under-six GP care was introduced and its introduction has led to a surge in attendances in primary care, especially in the out-of-hours services.

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As a direct result of vaccination, many life-threatening infections have all but disappeared. Why then are our doctors so busy?

Parents, ironically, appear to be more anxious than ever. This is despite medical expertise at the click of a mouse, and the under-six free GP scheme. Or perhaps it is because of these advances?

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