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Most GPs would act as a good Samaritan

More than 90 per cent of GPs would act as a good Samaritan and help an injured person in the street, a survey has found.

Overall, just 30 out of 458 doctors questioned said they would not help an elderly person who had collapsed.

GPs, who made up three-quarters of the sample of Sheffield doctors, were the most likely to offer assistance.

Of those who would not assist an injured stranger, one in four cited fear of litigation for their reticence.

The figure contrasts with similar surveys in the USA that found half of doctors would not help for fear of being sued.

Kevin Williams, study author and a lecturer in law at Sheffield Hallam University, said: 'It's commonly asserted we are becoming more like America but although many doctors may express honest doubts, most will actually help when push comes to shove.'

Less than half of the doctors knew helping was part of the GMC code of conduct.

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