Anxious parents and GPs sending children to specialists unnecessarily

Anxious parents and time poor GPs are sending children to specialist doctors for constipation, bed wetting, and concerns about how tall or short they are, contributing to long waiting lists for care in public hospitals. New research has pointed to the trend which coincides with concerns many parents are bypassing GPs to take their children to hospital emergency departments for minor conditions. Parents overreacting: Children sent to specialists for bed wetting and height concerns. Photo: Supplied A survey of 73 paediatric specialists who work at the Royal Children’s and Monash Children’s, has revealed three quarters thought a referral could have been managed by…
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