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'Unfair to poor areas'

Dr Prema Iyengar, a GP in an

inner-city area of Birmingham, said doing away with exception reporting would be 'very unfair' on GPs in deprived areas.

A series of studies have found higher rates of exception reporting in poorer areas – partly because of higher rates of non-attendance.

Dr Iyengar said: 'It's certainly not realistic considering some of my patients cannot be examined and don't co-operate with diagnostic tests.

'It's going to make GPs

very angry.'

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