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A combination of spiralling hospital waiting lists and a shortage of GPs has prompted complaints that patients can make 50 or even 100 calls before getting through. Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

A combination of spiralling hospital waiting lists and a shortage of GPs has prompted complaints that patients can make 50 or even 100 calls before getting through. Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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A combination of spiralling hospital waiting lists and a shortage of GPs has prompted complaints that patients can make 50 or even 100 calls before getting through. Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

One woman rang her GP, wanting a letter to get the council to mow her grass. Another asked for one to prove she was fit to take part in a world record attempt to squeeze as many people as possible into a Mini.

A third merely wanted a letter to excuse their child from having to queue for attractions at a holiday park.


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