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

Pickin, M., Sampson, F., Munro, J.F. and Nicholl, J. (2001) General practitioners' reasons for removing patients from their lists: postal survey in England and Wales. BMJ, 322 (7295). pp. 1158-1159. ISSN 0959-8138

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Abstract

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

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © BMJ 2001
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2005
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 17:55
Published Version: http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7295/1158
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1136/bmj.322.7295.1158
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/319

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