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General practitioners' reasons for removing patients from their lists: postal survey in England and Wales

By M. Pickin, F. Sampson, J.F. Munro and J. Nicholl


The removal of patients from doctors' lists causes con­\ud siderable public and political concern, with speculation\ud that patients are removed for inappropriate, including\ud financial, reasons. In 1999 the House of Commons\ud Select Committee on Public Administration noted that\ud little evidence was available on either the frequency of,\ud or the reasons for, removal of patients. National statistics do not distinguish between patients removed after\ud moving out of a practice area and those removed for\ud other reasons. Two postal surveys have reported why\ud general practitioners might, in general, remove\ud patients, and one small study has described the\ud reasons doctors give for particular removals. We\ud therefore determined the current scale of, and doctors'\ud reasons for, removal of patients from their lists in Eng­\ud land and Wales

Year: 2001
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