GP circumcisions called into into question

GPs are performing most circumcisions in Australia but aren’t offering adequate anaesthesia, a medical ethicist and paediatric registrar says.

Dr Melanie Jansen, from the Centre for Children’s Health Ethics and Law at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, suggests discussion is needed on whether GPs are the best practitioners for the job.

In a provocative commentary in a Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) journal, Dr Jansen says dorsal penile nerve block (DPNB) plus topical anaesthetic cream has been identified as the ideal anaesthetic and should

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