GP practices abandon boundaries to widen choice for patients

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 05 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2600
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Patients in areas of London, Manchester and Salford, and Nottingham will be able to register with a GP practice away from where they live for the first time from the end of April as part of a one year pilot scheme.

The Department of Health wants to make it easier for patients to register with a practice of their choice, so participating GP practices will no longer operate traditional practice boundaries. Patients will be able to register with a practice remote from their home or choose to see a GP at such a practice where they are not registered on an ad hoc basis.

The aim is to make it easier for people who cannot easily attend their local surgery during weekdays, such …

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