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GPs have been warned to check their premises comply with the Disability Discrimination Act, which came into force on October 1.

Practices risk legal action from patients or staff if they have not taken 'reasonable' steps to improve physical access for the disabled.

The GPC said it believed most GPs could show they had taken reasonable steps, as most PCOs had surveyed practices and prioritised funding.

Practices would be in breach if improvements had been identified and funding made available but they had not then carried out the work.

GPC deputy-chair Dr Laurence Buckman said: 'Most GPs are either in the queue for money or can't make alterations because they can't.

'My PCT has had a policy for at least three years and there are few practices that could be reasonably altered that have not been.'

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