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GPs urged to boycott practice boundary pilots

LMCs in London warn of detrimental impact on patients in Tower Hamlets and City and Hackney

Ingrid Torjesen

Monday, 23 April 2012

Four London local medical committees have advised GPs not to participate in the DH general practice boundary pilots set to start at the end of this month.

The DH is seeking general practices to take part in pilots in London, Manchester and Nottingham that will allow ‘out of area’ patients to register regardless of where they live and allow other patients up to five consultations per year without registering, each consultation paid at £12.93 per consultation.

GPs in the Tower Hamlets and City and Hackney PCT areas received a joint letter on Friday from Londonwide LMCs advising them not to take part. The letter was signed by the chairs of all four LMCs covering the pilot area: City and East London LMC chairman Dr Kambiz Boomla, City and Hackney LMC chairwoman Dr Deborah Colvin, Newham LMC chairman Dr Prakash Chandra and Tower Hamlets LMC chairman Dr Sella Shanmugadasan. four London LMCs - City and East London, City and Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

The letter warns that Tower Hamlets and City and Hackney PCTs would be left to cover the prescribing and secondary care costs of commuters living outside their local area and be forced to cut services for residents in two of the most deprived PCTs in the country. It urged practices not to take part unless the government agreed to fund the secondary care, community care and prescribing costs which arose due to the pilots.

The letter also criticises the pilots for not allowing practices any say in whether patients register as an ‘out-of-area registered patient’ or as a ‘day patient’.

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