'It's social engineering': AMA and GPs blast kids' mental health checks

“[The mental health check] is a waste of GP and nurse time; getting them to go through a formal process any competent GP would have done by the time the child is four anyway,” Dr Herdy told MO.

“GPs should be credited with the clinical acumen to decide, without government intervention, when a child needs to be referred to a specialist for further evaluation but this government has taken the attitude, ever since it was elected, that 38,000 GPs out there don’t know how to do their job.