New threat to rural practices with boundary changes

Debate has been ongoing since the government indicated plans to change the ways in which patients in England can register with a GP.  Health Minister Andy Burnham has outined plans to allow commuting patients to register with a practice closer to their place of work.

Whilst the idea sounds good for patient choice, the actual effects on patient care are more concerning.  Rural and suburban practices look set to lose out in particular.  We can expect to hear more about this over the next few weeks.

>> Andy Burnham outlining his proposals (BBC News video)

>> Rural GP surgeries face threat from plans to abolish practice boundaries, experts warn (The Telegraph)

>> Boundary plan a threat to rural practice (Dispensing Doctors’ Association)

>> NHS to abolish ‘boundaries’ for GP lists (The Independent)

>> Andy Burnham vows to abolish GP boundaries (The Guardian)

>> Abolition of practice boundaries: burning issue or sound bite policy? (Healthcare Republic)


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