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GP frustrated he's not able to answer newspaper allegations

Dr Richard Lawson is upset at being unable to defend himself against allegations made by a patient that were splashed across the front page of his local newspaper.

The Bristol Evening News reported emotively how Dr Lawson had 'been referred to health bosses after a complaint from a patient suffering with depression' after it was given a confidential Healthcare Commission report.

Yet the commission found no clinical errors and referred the matter back to the PCT to deal with ­ its policy for less serious cases. Its only recommendation was for the practice to rearrange its furniture to aid communication.

Dr Lawson said when the newspaper approached him, he could not comment for fear of breaching confidentiality.

He said: 'The complainant is free to pursue me but I'm not able to defend myself.'

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