A motion was carried at the conference in London on Thursday that said removing practice boundaries could increase the chances of further child abuse going undetected.
Dr Mark Sanford-Wood, chairman of Devon LMC and who raised the motion, also outlined that removing practice boundaries could lead to greater medication abuse.
He said: ‘Just when it appeared the government was taking systematic child abuse seriously, de-regulation allows abusive parents to move around from practice to practice in order to mask the scale of their abuse and evade detection, which so often comes from a GP's suspicions and insights.'
Dr Sanford-Wood therefore said patients need to be better informed about the impact practice boundaries might have.
He said: ‘Do our patients want primary care to fragment and child abuse to go undetected? Of course they don't. But no-one has explained to them that these are the consequences of this policy.'