A national survey of parental attitudes to GP’s revealed fewer than half have any confidence in GPs to provide overall general healthcare to their child.

The University of Melbourne survey of 2100 parents’ attitudes to GP’s handling of a child’s “general health” found that only 44 per cent had complete confidence; 45 per cent were only mostly confident.

When it came to providing care for minor injuries, not requiring an X-ray, only 56 per cent had complete confidence, shared Herald Sun.

The study, led by Professor Gary Freed, concluded that low parental confidence in GPs led to more children being taken to hospital emergency departments for less urgent conditions, and more referrals to specialist care.

“A fundamental aspect of the Australian healthcare system is that primary care for patients of all ages is provided by GPs,” Prof Freed wrote.

“If confidence in the ability of GPs to provide primary care is diminishing among parents, it could have significant effects on the organisation and structure of the healthcare system.”

The study findings were published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Do you trust your local GP?

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  • Implicitly – but then again we have had the one GP for many years and he knows all of us and our problems. That doesn’t seem to happen in the big medical clinics these days, so why would you trust someone you haven’t seen much especially if you have a hospital nearby.


  • If you read the research article behind the headlines the results clearly show that only 2% of parents aren’t very confident in their doctor. And 89% are completely or mostly confident. Don’t believe the scare mongers and the media hype and make sure you take your child to the GP when you need to. As we can see from other comments (and the actual results from study) parents DO trust their GP.


  • I love our GP clinic. All except one Dr are fantastic and we just don’t bother with the dodgy one.


  • Yes I trust my GP. I also dare to question her when I need answers or have different expectations.


  • I wonder why? And why they don’t find one they do trust.


  • I trust my GP and if I didn’t I’d get a second opinion.


  • I switched from our local GP to someone in the next town as I wasn’t confident in our GP. The new clinic I take my children to are wonderful.


  • I can understand this as and have come across a few that are not up to standard.


  • I don’t have any problem at all with my GP. He’s always very helpful when I go to him.


  • I trust my GP with my life, he has saved me more than once, he is a brilliant man


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