New practices for border patients

Thousands of patients registered with Welsh GPs are to be asked if they want to be registered in England.

NHS Gloucestershire is asking 8,000 patients living in the PCT area if they want an English GP. If the survey uncovers enough demand, the PCT will bring in new GP services.

The move follows revelations by Mark Harper, MP for the Forest of Dean, that some of his constituents cannot find a GP in England.

'If people try to register with the closest GP in England to them, those GPs refuse to register them,' Mr Harper said.

GP newspaper revealed earlier this month that patients registered in Wales but resident in England could miss out on bowel screening (GP, 8 May 2009).

NHS Gloucestershire has admitted some patients living too far from a GP for home visits have to register in Wales.

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