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LMC alert over neo-Nazi

An LMC is seeking to break new ground by circulating identifying details of a neo-Nazi patient to all practices in the wake of a vicious attack on a Jewish GP.

Manchester LMC has sought approval from BMA

legal officials to provide GPs with the patient's NHS number, date of birth and initials.

LMC secretary Dr Peter Fink said the move was urgently needed because all three Manchester primary care trusts had failed to set up safe havens for treating violent

patients in defiance of a

Government deadline to do so.

The patient threw Dr Nicholas Vites against a wall in his surgery reception area, tried to strangle him and threatened to kill his family.

A warrant is out for the

patient's arrest but the LMC fears he may try to gain treatment at another practice.

Dr Fink said: 'It's only fair to let other GPs know.'

North Manchester PCT opposed the LMC's plan, claiming it would breach

patient confidentiality. A spokeswoman said: 'It's difficult at times for GPs but at the end of the day the patient is still entitled to health care.'

But the LMC said it would go ahead without BMA approval unless it got a response in the next few weeks.

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