Parents losing trust in GPs to care for children

A lack of parental confidence in GPs may be contributing to overcrowded hospital emergency departments, new research suggests.

A national survey shows fewer than half of parents are completely confident in a GP to handle most of their child’s general health issues.

However, it’s unclear why confidence levels are diminishing, say the researchers.

The lead researcher, University of Melbourne Professor Gary Freed, suggests it could be that GPs and trainees now see fewer children on average, leaving them with less opportunity to brush up on their skills.

“We need to make sure GPs