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Get a note from your doctor requests on increase again

Get a note from your doctor requests ­ the dreaded GANFYDs ­ are on the rise again according to GPs in the South-West.

Devon LMC is collating inappropriate GANFYD demands from patients, ranging from notes for pupils who miss exams, housing queries and even for the removal of wheelie bins.

Dr Dick Page, a GP in Plymouth, said he believed the problem was getting worse.

He said: 'A lot of these requests are not part of our NHS contract and a lot of organisations ask automatically for GPs to give a report on a particular subject when it's not necessarily the only way round the problem.'

With exam season starting soon, GPs predicted a wave of GANFYD requests to excuse pupils.

Dr John Havard, a GP in Saxmundham, Suffolk, said: 'We don't issue certificates for any school age child.

'If we've seen someone and they are clearly below par when they take the exam, we might write to the exam board but we definitely wouldn't issue a certificate.'

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