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GPs are failing to report violent incidents in their practice to the NHS because they don't believe anything will be done about them.

In a pilot scheme run by the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service, none of five serious violent incidents against GPs or practice staff was reported to PCT managers.

GPs said they were not even aware the pilot was running and the system was bureaucratic.

Dr Rob Barnett, Liverpool LMC chair, said: 'I don't think the system got off the ground in Liverpool.'

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