The consultation was originally due to close on 28 May, but this has moved to 2 July.
A DoH spokesman said: 'All DoH consultation promotional activity was withdrawn due to Cabinet Office guidance following the election announcement on 6 April 2010. However, as a new government was formed on 11 May 2010, this period has now ended. Therefore this consultation is being extended.'
The consultation, which was launched in March, sets out four possible options that could be used to offer patients more choice (see main story).
GP revealed last month that the BMA is proposing a fifth option, after GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said the committee did not think any of the four DoH proposals were feasible (GP, 16 April).