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GP practice shed vulnerable elderly patients to save money, NHS probe finds

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 07 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3998
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A GP practice run by one of the most vocal supporters of the UK government’s health reforms removed older and disabled care home patients from its list for financial reasons, an NHS investigation has found.

Churchill Medical Centre in Kingston, Surrey, has been found in breach of contract by NHS South West London after delisting 48 patients at Kingston Care Home last year “predominantly for financial reasons.”

Charles Alessi, a prominent supporter of the NHS reforms and chair of the National Association of Primary Care, was senior partner at Churchill until he retired at the end of March after 26 years. In June last year, according to documents obtained by the Surrey Comet …

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