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Certification of GPs rises to little avail

The Chief Medical Officer for England has reissued his heatwave plan.

The plan urges GPs to take steps to protect vulnerable patients, such as the over-75s, bedbound patients and those with dementia, from the effects of a heatwave.

The plan, issued last week, suggested GPs assess patients taking drugs that increased the severity of heatstroke and decide whether they need more frequent visits.

GPs should also make sure family and neighbours know what to do in a long hot spell.

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