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GP angry at defensive care claim

Dr Ian Hume has rejected accusations from a local hospital that GPs practising defensive medicine has caused an increase in emergency admissions.

Iain Brooksby, medical director of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Trust, told a recent meeting a 10 per cent surge in referrals was partly caused by 'litigation fears in primary care.'

Dr Hume, a GP in Diss and chair of Norfolk LMC, said technological advances and a rise in patient expectations had led to the increase. 'We should be working constructively to resolve our issues instead of resorting to blaming.'

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