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Registration refused: a study on access to GP registration in England

 

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Registration refused: a study on access to GP registration in England

This report finds that at least two in five people attempting to register with doctor’s surgeries are being wrongly refused.

The biggest barrier was people's inability to provide paperwork – be that ID or proof of address or immigration status. Everyone living in the UK is entitled to free primary care and NHS guidelines issued in November 2015 state that patients do not need proof of ID or address to register and see a doctor, but inconsistent and unclear guidance in the past has led to confusion in some practices that mean people are still being turned away by surgery staff. More....