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GPs demand tougher action against patients who abuse them

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1179 (Published 11 May 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1179
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. The BMJ

A recent surge of negativity about GPs in the media and on social media “has spilled over into verbal and even physical abuse of us and our staff,” a GP told the BMA’s conference of local medical committees (LMCs) in York on 10 May.

Nicola Herron, a representative of Northern Ireland conference of LMCs, proposed that the General Medical Services (GMS) regulations be changed to enable a patient who abuses a GP or their staff, including verbally, to be removed immediately from a …

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