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GPs rate allergy services as poor

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A survey of GPs has found that many are unimpressed with the quality of allergy services.

In 2002 a UK survey identified that GPs rated NHS allergy services as poor. The survey was repeated in 2009 and responses were obtained from 149 GPs.

The authors found that 71% still rated overall NHS allergy care as poor and they expressed concerns about access to allergy specialists. There were no significant differences in GPs’ perceptions of the quality of allergy care provided in primary and secondary care or access to specialists between 2002 and 2009.

This survey results suggests that GPs believe that the current provision of allergy services has not changed since 2002. The authors conclude that recommendations made by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee in 2007 to improve services are implemented but they acknowledge that economic constraints may make this difficult to achieve.

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