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Young commuters are most keen to choose an out of area GP

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2251 (Published 20 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2251
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A government pilot scheme that allows patients to choose a GP outside the area where they live has had low demand but is most popular with younger commuters and those who have recently moved house.

From October 2014 patients in England will be able to register with volunteer general practices outside the area where they live. The Department of Health’s Choice of GP pilot scheme ran for a year with volunteer practices in four primary care trusts in Westminster, Salford, Manchester, and Nottingham.

In the scheme, patients could either register with a pilot practice as an out of area patient or be seen as a day patient while remaining registered with their …

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