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GPs split over role in flagging child abuse

Dr M V Rama Rao is accusing his PCT of refusing to help improve security at his practice despite threats of violence against him from the son of a patient who died of a drug overdose.

Dr Rama Rao, a GP in Birmingham, had to be escorted from a coroner's inquest last month after the man shook his fist and shouted at him for not supplying methadone whenever his father requested it.

Dr Rao reported the incident to Heart of Birmingham PCT. But he said the trust had refused to help him fund more staff or hire security guards because the son is not a patient on his list. 'I remain worried for myself and my staff,' said Dr Rao, 'and feel like I'm looking over my shoulder.'

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