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GPs vote to end “disastrous” out of area scheme

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2811 (Published 22 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2811
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

GP leaders will have to seek an end to the government’s out of area practice registration scheme after local representatives passed a motion condemning the initiative as a “disaster.”

The motion, passed by local medical committees (LMCs) at their annual conference in London, said that the removal of geographical practice boundaries had fragmented the care of patients and called on the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC) to negotiate an end to the scheme.

The conference also backed a separate strand of the motion that condemned NHS England’s failure to provide a comprehensive home visiting service for patients who registered as “out of area” patients.

The scheme was piloted in specific parts of …

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