Every person in Sunderland and across the UK has a fundamental right to be registered with a local GP and they shouldn’t be punished simply for being too well and not needing to see a GP recently.
None of us know when we will become ill and need to see a GP urgently. We all therefore need to have the certainty of being registered with a local practice.
Worryingly, the biggest impact could be on the most vulnerable patient, who may not understand the importance of responding to letters from NHS managers.
Practices themselves have had serious problems with the management of back-office services since NHS England gave the task to a private company. GPs fear patients could be the next to suffer.
We are currently facing an unprecedented crisis in general practice with rising levels of workload, a fall in resources and greater staff shortages. Surely, it is clear that the solution lies not in the continual chipping away of our core services but in greater investment.
Dr Richard Vautrey,
BMA GP Committee deputy chairman