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Policy needs to be revisited

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6147 (Published 09 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6147
  1. Abhijit M Bal, consultant microbiologist1,
  2. Andrew Collier, consultant physician2,
  3. Al Dowie, senior university teacher in medical ethics, law, and risk3,
  4. Sujoy Ghosh, consultant diabetologist4
  1. 1Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock KA2 0BE, UK
  2. 2Ayr Hospital, Ayr KA6 6DX, UK
  3. 3Section of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 9LX, UK
  4. 4AMRI Institute of Diabetes and Hormonal Disorders, Kolkata 700029, India
  1. abhijit.bal{at}nhs.net

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