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GPs can expect to face an extra six million consultations during a flu pandemic with only antivirals to keep the disease at bay, the Department of Health is warning.

Health boards in Wales are putting GPs at risk of attack because they are refusing to set up registers of violent patients.

Boards have argued they cannot put patients who move to a new area in special treatment schemes if they have not been violent in that area ­ even if they may have been in a similar scheme elsewhere. The decision means GPs are unaware of the patient's history when they take them on.

The GPC said it was in talks with the Welsh Assembly to try to standardise procedures to ensure health boards did not put GPs at risk.

Dr Andrew Dearden, GPC Wales chair, said health boards were 'scared of getting it wrong'. He added: 'It's potentially very dangerous. There are not that many people designated violent, but if they are violent in one area they should be designated as such in another in case they are violent again.'

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