Keep calm, children’s health checks here to help

The latest calls for calm over the changes to the checks came after US psychiatrist Professor Allen Frances, lead author of the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, was reported telling an Australian conference the new “emotional wellbeing” part of the Healthy Kids Check was “ridiculous”, which led to several GPs joining in the criticism.

They backed Professor Frances’s argument that children aged three exhibited a wide range of behaviours and that the checks could hurt otherwise healthy children by ill-equipped GPs &ldquo