Pilot of new GP registration system to begin3rd November 2011
An arrangement between the government and the British Medical Association will mean some people will be able to change their GP in order to register near their workplace.
Several pilot trials to test the arrangement will begin in 2012 and will also enable patients who do not move far away from their original home to remain with their original GP.
GPs have also said they will accept a pay freeze for 2012-13, which will apply to all NHS GPs in the UK.
New incentives will also be introduced into the performance-based salary section of GP's salaries in order to reduce hospital admissions.
The new registration agreements have been made following years of discussion between the BMA and the government.
The pilots will test two models. The first one will enable patients to stay with the GP surgery close to their home and use one close to their work as well.
The other one will mean patients have to give up registration with their home GP.
Dr Richard Vautrey, of the BMA, said: "Most GPs were against the complete abolition of practice boundaries because of the potential negative impact on continuity of care, so we're pleased that we have been able to agree this alternative which will help commuters as well as patients who move out of a practice's boundaries but want to stay registered."
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley added: "This is a good deal for GPs, a good deal for patients and a good deal for the NHS."
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Title: Pilot of new GP registration system to begin
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 20254
Date Added: 3rd Nov 2011