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GP persuades trust to raise surgery cap

The Scottish Executive is to change regulations that required GPs to issue certificates to prove patients are incapable of making a decision about their treatment.

The move comes after GPs mounted a vigorous campaign against the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act, arguing carrying out assessments for the certificates meant a massive increase in workload.

GPs complained that the certificates took up to an hour to complete, carried no fee and had to be renewed every year.

Under the changes other health professionals with the necessary skills will be able to issue the certificates and the time for renewal will be increased from one to three years in certain circumstances.

Dr Jim Beatson, a GP in Troon, Ayrshire, who campaigned against the Act and refused to complete certificates, said the proposals were 'a complete victory for grass roots common sense – we are delighted.'

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