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GP in 'male smear' case to face a new inquiry

A GP summoned to a formal hearing over his refusal to refer a male patient for a cervical smear is to face further questions over a possible breach of patient confidentiality.

The 34-year-old patient, who claims he is a hermaphrodite, complained to Exeter PCT after the unnamed GP refused his screening request. The PCT confirmed the hearing would consider 'a range of issues' as well as the initial complaint.

The GP's wife told The Daily Telegraph her husband wanted to hear from anyone 'who could teach him the correct way to carry out a cervical smear on a 34-year-old male'.

The PCT said: 'There are a number of complex issues, which a patient has asked to be reviewed concerning their care and treatment by their GP.'

A spokesman added: 'In this instance a range of issues are being considered and the hearing is not solely about availability of cervical screening.'

A review panel of a lay chair, a convenor, two clinical assessors and one lay member will hear evidence. None of the parties will have formal legal representation. It will prepare a report which will be sent to all parties and the trust.

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