GP registrars missing out on antenatal shared care

Only 1% of consults involve pregnancy care compared with 2.7% of a GP's workload

GP registrars could be missing out on vital antenatal experience because they are not caring for enough pregnant women, researchers warn.

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An audit of the working days of 1300 GP registrars has revealed they are seeing fewer than half as many women during pregnancy as qualified GPs, prompting concerns about underexposure.

The nationwide snapshot, based on detailed consultation diaries kept by the registrars, found that antenatal care was performed for just one in every 100 patients seen.

Male registrars saw antenatal problems in just 0.7% of patients,