Paediatricians irked by 'inappropriate' GP referrals

PAEDIATRICIANS say they frequently receive referrals to treat conditions GPs should be able to handle themselves, and many say referrals often lack a clear rationale or sufficient clinical history.

Yet according to a new survey, few regularly take the time to provide feedback to GPs on how to handle conditions in future, and many say they continue to treat patients out of fear that it would be too complicated to arrange for a GP to take over.

Concerned about lengthy waiting lists, Melbourne researchers sent questionnaires to