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GPs have been told to ignore requests from the Audit Commission to release details about patient referrals or risk legal action from patients.

The commission wants GPs to hand over patients' names or NHS numbers, consultant names and referral dates in order to 'review the data quality of waiting lists and times in acute trusts' for urology and orthopaedics.

Wessex LMCs said it had instructed practices not to comply with the request, which mistakenly suggested GPs had a statutory obligation to provide this data, after Swindon PCT passed the Audit Commission request on to practices.

Dr Peter Swinyard, a member of Wiltshire LMC, said: 'The commission obviously has its own agenda, and it's a political one, not a health agenda.'

GPC negotiator Dr Rich-ard Vautrey said there were 'serious breach of confidence' issues.

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