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Having a named doctor does not guarantee that you will be able to get an appointment your named doctor. The demand, the shortage of GPs and part-time working see to that.
But the fact that having a named GP does not improve continuity of care may reflect existing good practice, whereby all the doctors, whether practice-based or locums, read the notes, listen to the patient, and, steered by the accountable doctor, follow a consistent path with each patient.