DoH practice boundary consultation extended

The DoH's consultation on removing practice boundaries has been extended by more than a month because of the election.

Dr Buckman: GPC's 'fifth way' will urge employers to allow staff enough time off to visit a GP
Dr Buckman: GPC's 'fifth way' will urge employers to allow staff enough time off to visit a GP

The consultation was originally planned to close on 28 May, but the DoH website now states that the new deadline will be 2 July.  

The DoH said: ‘All DoH consultation promotional activity was withdrawn due to Cabinet Office Guidance following the election announcement on 6 April 2010.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 new closing date is 2 July 2010.'

The consultation, which was launched in March, sets out four possible options that could be used to offer patients more choice.

These included allowing patients to register with any practice, but distinguish between local patients and patients registering further away; maintaining the requirement on GPs to make home visits to all patients, regardless of where they live; allowing people to register with two GP practices; or making PCTs responsible for home visiting arrangements.

GP revealed last month that the BMA is set to propose a fifth option, after GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said the committee did not think any of the four DoH proposals were feasible.

VIDEO: Watch our interview with Laurence Buckman on practice boundaries

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