'Narrow focus' of specialists causes concern

The trend of doctors becoming overly focussed on narrow sub-specialities may be undermining quality of care, says a Melbourne professor.


“Generally there’s been a push that if you specialise, you get a better quality of care, but there are studies that say that’s not effective. That’s an issue,” says Professor Anthony Scott of the Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne.


He acknowledges that specialists who do lots of the same type of work or procedure