20% rise in patients removed from practice lists

The number of patients removed from GP practice lists for committing or threatening acts of violence has increased 20 per cent since 1999/2000, figures released by a health minister show.

A total of 1,190 patients were removed from GP lists in 2005/6 for violence, compared to just 988 in 1999/2000, health minister Ann Keen said in response to a written question from Labour MP Madeleine Moon.

However, the number of patients removed from lists remains lower than a high of 1,384 in 2002/3.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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