On Monday the DH sent a letter to PCTs in the three pilot areas, Nottingham, Manchester and London, telling them that the pilots will now run for six months longer than planned, until September 2013.
Londonwide LMCs chief executive Dr Michelle Drage said she hoped the DH would look carefully at the pilots once they were completed.
‘The whole point of a pilot is that you evaluate how good they are. If I was the DH I would wonder if the concept was flawed.’
A DH spokesman said: ‘The GP choice pilots have been extended from April 2013 to the end of September 2013. This extension will provide stability for existing patients who have chosen to register with a participating practice in the pilot scheme.
‘We also believe this extension will encourage patients to continue to register with a participating practice over the coming months, which will further assist in the evaluation of the pilots.’
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