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'Expand the GP's role in infertility'

The RCGP has called on GPs to get more involved in managing infertility.

Dr Lindsay Smith, the college's maternity spokesman, told a Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists conference last month that primary care should play a bigger part.

Infertility management is currently an optional service offered by some GPs. But Dr Smith, a GP in Somerset, said GPs had a role to play in infertility prevention, preconception care, patient examination and history-taking, as well as investigation, treatment, referral and ongoing care.

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