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Waiting rooms without toys a 'nightmare'

By Gareth Iacobucci

GPs have been ordered to remove children's toys from surgeries after NHS chiefs claimed they posed a health risk.

Trafford PCT has advised practices to get rid of all wooden and soft toys due to fears that they spread infections among children.

The PCT said the move was prompted by Department of Health guidelines, but said it had placed an order for plastic replacement toys for GP waiting rooms.

But Dr Kailash Chand, a GP in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, criticised the move.

He said: 'Several doctors have told me PCTs are banning toys and it is bureaucracy gone mad. Waiting rooms without toys must be a nightmare.'

Dr Kailash Chand: dreading waiting rooms without toys Dr Kailash Chand: dreading waiting rooms without toys

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