GPs ‘not trained’ to commission services

    Doctors’ leaders have warned that the commissioning of child
    protection services by primary care trusts should only happen where
    there are experienced GPs with sufficient resources.

    The call follows reports that the children’s national service
    framework task force may consider a proposal to pilot the idea in
    several areas.

    Although some GPs with an interest in child protection have
    supported calls for PCTs to commission such services, the British
    Medical Association cautioned that it should not happen widely and
    only where committed doctors are already in place.

    BMA GPs’ committee executive member Dr Andrew Dearden said most
    GPs were not sufficiently trained in child protection issues and
    did not have the time to take on such work.

    “In my opinion, health visitors are more likely to see children
    when they don’t come into the surgery. It is a question of the most
    appropriate person.”

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