In order for NHS to save money, patients who have not been in touch with their doctors for five years could be taken off their GP list
GP leaders have however asked for this initiative to be “scrapped and warned that it will lead to patients being excluded for no good reason and deprive surgeries of money they need to keep running”, the Guardian reports.
Chair of the contracts and regulations subcommittee of the British Medical Association’s GP committee, Dr Robert Morley, said:
“Patients have a right to be registered unless they move or register elsewhere, even if they don’t need to or choose not to access service. NHS England should abandon this exercise, which will have the inevitable consequences of disruption for patients and a reduction of core funding disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable practices.”
However, a spokeswoman for NHS England had this to say:
“The National Audit Office and House of Commons public accounts committee have all drawn attention to the need to ensure accurate patients lists, and for proper stewardship of public funds.”
Dr Maureen Baker, the Royal College of GP’s chair also said:
“There may be very good reasons why a patient should no longer be on a GP practice’s list. They may have died, moved away, or in some cases, they may have moved into a care home that is served by a different practice.
“It makes sense that lists are kept as accurate and up to date as possible – but methods for doing this must be properly risk-assessed so that practices can be assured there are no patient safety implications.”
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