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CHI demands checks on GP criminal records

PCOs are failing to ensure new GPs have had criminal record checks before they are recruited, a Commission for Health Improvement report has concluded.

The finding came as nine doctors, mostly GPs, were reported to have been suspended by their trust and the GMC after being accused of downloading pornographic images of children from the internet.

The GPs are being investigated as part of the Operation Ore child pornography investigation, according to The Guardian.

The CHI report on safeguarding children said there were 'serious concerns about the arrangements to check health service staff who have unsupervised access to children'.

A CHI spokeswoman added: 'There should be someone in the PCT who has designated responsibility for the checks, but the big problem is that GPs are independent contractors.'

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