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GP's pollution fear for patients

Dr Barrie Bemand fears patients in his area are being treated as guinea-pigs after the Environment Agency rebuffed a primary care trust campaign against industrial pollution.

Rugby PCT in Warwickshire appealed to the agency to stop plans by a local cement factory to burn tyres.

Dr Bemand, chair of the PCT professional executive committee, said GPs feared levels of particulates, dioxins and sulphur would rise, exacerbating health problems in a deprived population.

The agency approved a six-month trial proposed by the company RMC but refused to order more stringent monitoring.

Dr Bemand said: 'I have concerns that the trial will not produce enough data to assure me my patients are going to be safe.

'We don't want the population being a long-term experiment.'

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