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Huge rise in requests for GP letters

Inappropriate requests for GP notes are increasing 'exponentially', an LMC is warning.

Sarah Hale, who is monitoring demand for Devon LMC, said demands for notes were a huge problem.

'I've been absolutely staggered at the amount we've had,' she said.

She cited a discounted travel scheme for registered disabled people which requires a GP note, ignoring the fact that the recipient will already be registered as disabled.

Private companies providing cosmetic laser treatment were also requesting notes from patients.

Mrs Hale said the LMC had appealed to the GPC to provide a 'steer' on what was acceptable.

'The patients are stuck in the middle of all this,' she said.

'They are being told they need this information and GPs are saying no you don't,' she added.

Dr Gary Calver, secretary of Kent LMC, said GPs were expected to sign a 'crazy' number of forms giving patients permission to undertake different activities.

Ten motions on the appropriateness of GPs signing varying medical certificates and reports have been submitted for consideration at next week's national LMC conference.

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