PCT to 'force patients to register' at Darzi centre

Suffolk PCT is planning to make patients register at its GP-led health centre, against DoH policy, GPs fear.

Bill Robinson, chief executive of Suffolk LMC, says senior PCT staff told him patients will be obliged to register, although the DoH has said patients can choose to remain registered with their existing practice even if they visit the Darzi centre.

The new health centre is targeting a list size of about 6,000 patients. Losing registered patients to the new health centre will destabilise practices, said Dr Robinson.

'The PCT believes it is a safer process to register patients and have that contractual relationship,' he said. 'Our concern is that it creates a merry-go-round where a patient registers at the Darzi centre at the weekend and then wants to see their normal GP the following week.

'Practices badly hit by redistribution of PMS funding will lose out further by losing registered patients.'

Suffolk PCT denied patients would be forced to register, however. A spokesman said: 'We would encourage patients to register but they would still be free to attend a walk-in service.'

Suffolk GP Dr Mary Selby said: 'Our local PCT seems to be trying to damage local practices by setting up a Darzi centre. The area isn't under-doctored, and neither is it growing.'


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