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No-smear GPs in clear

A GP practice that refused to take a cervical smear from a hermaphrodite patient will not face a PCT hearing.

The 34-year-old patient has been told he will have to take the matter to the health service ombudsman if he wants to pursue his case.

GPs refused to administer the smear because the patient did not have a cervix.

Dr Peter Jolliffe, Devon LMC chair, said: 'It is no longer an issue for the GPs concerned. It was settled within three weeks of the LMC hearing about it.'

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