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Cornish GPs reject violence service

GPs in Cornwall will refuse to take on the violent patient enhanced service because they would have to make home

visits, the LMC has said.

The requirement has led a practice that had volunteered to provide the service to pull out.

'We feel doctors who would provide this service would be penalised and endangered ­ no GP in Cornwall is willing to take this on,'said a spokesman for Cornwall and Scilly Isles LMC.

'We thought violent patients would not have the same right to GMS as other patients, but they are entitled to normal GMS and there is a contractual obligation to visit them at home if required.'

GPs object because the visit would be without accompanying police, who require 24 hours' notice, and because the geography of the county means GPs could spend hours covering great distances along slow, winding roads.

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