GPs' patient lists deletion fears10th October 2011
Londonwide Local Medical Committees (LMC) has expressed concern that patients are being incorrectly removed from GP surgery lists.
According to a Freedom of Information request, 460,000 names have been taken off GP lists in London over the last five years.
Patients are deleted from lists when surgeries cannot get in touch with patients over a certain length of time.
However, the LMC said patients could be "really scared" when they discovered they were not registered with a GP anymore.
The Department of Health confirmed that patients would be deleted from a list if they had not spoken to their surgery in six months and had not contacted the surgery following two written requests.
"This ensures that GPs are not paid for patients who have moved out of the area and who are no longer receiving services from that practice," said a spokesperson.
"If patients are contacted and confirm they remain in the area, then they will remain on the practice list and continue to receive services."
People who are deleted from a list incorrectly have to re-register with their GP.
Labour MP Emily Thornberry, former shadow health and social care secretary and MP for Islington South and Finsbury, said the system had become "a real mess".
"In Islington, between the 2005 election and the 2010 election, there were 65% of the population who had moved."
She added: "It's very difficult to keep up with people. It's the nature of living in inner London."
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Title: GPs' patient lists deletion fears
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 20003
Date Added: 10th Oct 2011