A damning report on levels of childcare within the NHS has claimed that doctors don't even know how to hold a baby correctly.
The review, by the former chairman of the Healthcare Commission watchdog, Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, found that up to half of GPs had not had formal paediatric training, with many 'lacking the confidence to assess children effectively'.
The report also claims that many parents have so little confidence in their GPs that they go straight to A&E with their children, rather than the doctor's surgery.
The study's author warned that if standards of childcare within the NHS do not improve, abuse cases could be missed.
The Government responded in a statement from Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, who said: 'Sir Ian Kennedy's review has revealed the true scale of the issues facing the health service. 'It tells us important things about the lack of effective, integrated and responsive services we have inherited.'
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