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Patients will be able to book appointments online and have phone consultations

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a690 (Published 04 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a690
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    Funding of general practices in England will be reformed to reward GPs for taking on new patients, a new Department of Health policy document says.

    The new funding system will also improve choice for patients, says the report, which sets out the future direction for primary and community care in England as part of the government’s next stage review of the NHS.

    The report says that primary care trusts will work with local GPs to open up closed lists, help expand practice boundaries (by paying allowances to expand practices, for example), and allow patients greater choice among existing and new practices.

    Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee, said, “Choice of …

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