Patients in England will now be allowed to remain registered with family doctors after moving home after proposals put forward over two years ago by the English first minister to the health secretary and NHS.
Now millions of patients will be able to remain registered with their family doctors after moving to a different neighbourhood under a new deal between GPs and the Government.
NHS patients in England will also be able to choose to register with a doctor near to their workplace or their children’s school to make services more convenient, in a plan to be tested next year.
The shake-up is contained in the new contract for GPs, which commits doctors to a pay freeze next year as the NHS faces a “difficult” financial climate.
The deal, agreed between the British Medical Association and the new Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, is intended to increase patients’ “choice” over how they use GP services.
Mr Lansley said: “Patients often tell me that they want more choice over which practice they can register with, so I am pleased that this deal allows three major pilots to be launched across England that will allow patients to register at practices away from where they live, such as near to where they work.
“The deal will also mean that patients may not be forced to change GP surgery if they move locally