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GP condemns red tape on violence

A GP attacked six times at her inner-city practice has blasted NHS red tape after she was unable to refer the patients to a new secure surgery.

Dr Unnati Misra campaigned for Heart of Birmingham PCT to set up the new centre after repeated attacks on her and her staff.

But Dr Misra, a GP in the city's Handsworth district, said bureaucratic hurdles mean she is still unable to refer to the service despite facing 'perpetual' violence.

'It's not an easy process ­ you've got to get a crime number and you've got to prove it. I feel the situation is not going to get any better,' she said.

'Women have become a target because we're more vulnerable than men. It's very sad that you give a service to the community and get abused.'

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