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Burnham to scrap GP boundaries


NHS patients will be allowed to choose any doctor in the country within the next 12 months, the Health Secretary is to announce.

Andy Burnham will say the abolition of GP practice boundaries will improve the “patient experience” and make the NHS “great” again.

The reforms will also see hospitals with clean, attractive wards, where nurses and doctors show a pleasant manner, receive “significantly more” money from the Government.

Speaking to the King’s Fund charity in central London, Mr Burnham will say: “In this day and age I can see no reason why patients should not be able to choose the GP practice they want and I want them to be able to do this while ensuring that access to home visits won’t be affected, wherever someone ends up registering.”

He will add that the reforms will focus on “people-centred care” and promised that poorly-performing hospitals would no longer be rewarded for below-standard treatment.



Readers' comments (2)

  • I work as a community nurse and envisage huge problems with this new proposed system. During our working day we would be able to see far fewer patients if they are geographically spread out due to the increased choice of GP. How can this possibly benefit housebound patients who, due to distances needing to be travelled by health care workers, will get far fewer or even no visit from either nurses or GPs when they may be urgently needed? Whilst I respect and advocate patient choice, I feel this is a step too far and logistical nightmare for those of us endeavouring to provide a high quality patient centred care package.

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  • I fully agree with the sentiments of the previous post. By having to cross boundaries ( as we currently do not work corporately), Due to excessive paperwork we have reduced time to undertake visits as it is, and also reduced number of all community staff -less School nurses, less health visitors and not enough district nurses. It is not just about GPs! How far will GPs be expected to travel, what stupidity!!

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