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The latest GP bulletin issued by the Department of Health mentions that a new campaign has been launched to remind patients they do not need to bother their GPs to countersign passport applications or issue certificates for short-term sick leave.

While this initiative is not unwelcome, I cannot help thinking the department would do better to educate PCOs about not inflicting unnecessary paperwork on GPs and their staff.

Dr TJ Cantor

Aylesford

Kent

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