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Brits ‘may be able to choose their own GPs’

17th September 2009

Britons seeking treatment on the NHS may be able to choose which GPs they visit in the future, it has emerged.

This is according to health secretary Andy Burnham, who said that he sees “no reason why” patients should not be able to select who treats them.

He revealed plans to scrap practice boundaries in the UK within the next year, meaning that those from less prosperous areas will have the right to sign up to surgeries offering improved surroundings and higher standards of service.

It would also mean that people can register with GPs close to their place of work.

Although he welcomed the suggestions, Laurence Buckman, chairman of the British Medical Association’s GPs committee, said that rural practices “could lose significant numbers of young, healthy, patients, destabilising their funding and threatening their viability”, while those in city centres would be “inundated with requests for appointments at lunchtime and evenings”.

This news comes after Sue Slipman, chief executive of the Foundation Trust Network, suggested last week that foundation hospitals run by the NHS could convert into charities in order to generate more revenue from private patients.

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