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Vilified GP hits back in list row over asylum seekers

A GP hounded by the national press for striking an 88-year-old widow off his list says he was forced to act because of increasing numbers of compulsory allocations.

Dr Uday Pathak, a singlehanded GP in Stoke-on-Trent, was accused in The Mail on Sunday of striking off patients in favour of asylum seekers. But Dr Pathak said a severe doctor shortage had forced him to remove 20 patients randomly after he was told to take 20 refugees.

Dr Pathak had previously reduced his list from 3,000 when his partner retired to 2,600. But patient demand was still increasing.

He said: 'Still I can't manage. Nine local GPs have retired in 18 months, allocations have gone through the roof and I am short of staff.'

Dr Pathak is the latest in a line of GPs being victimised in the media over asylum seekers. Dr Vijay Abrol, a GP in Birmingham, was forced to defend himself after stating he would not treat any more refugees.

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