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The RCGP has told the Government it has 'grave concerns' over the dilemmas faced by GPs dealing with suspected cases of child abuse and called for urgent clarification of their legal position.

In its initial response to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry, the RCGP said GPs could be expected to disclose information on suspected abuse to social services in situations where it could compromise a patient's confidentiality.

Dr Tina Ambury, vice-chair of the RCGP, said: 'The GMC clearly states that where there is sufficient concern, they expect a doctor to voice it.

'However, there are grave concerns about the nature of identification, referral and tracking and what precise level of detail and "concern" it

covers.'

She added: 'Ordinary work- ing GPs need support in translating Department of Health and independent inquiry recommendations into real-life situations.'

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