NHS patients will be allowed to choose any doctor in the country within the next 12 months, the Health Secretary is to announce.

Andy Burnham will say the abolition of GP practice boundaries will improve the “patient experience” and make the NHS “great” again.

The reforms will also see hospitals with clean, attractive wards, where nurses and doctors show a pleasant manner, receive “significantly more” money from the Government.

Speaking to the King’s Fund charity in central London, Mr Burnham will say: “In this day and age I can see no reason why patients should not be able to choose the GP practice they want and I want them to be able to do this while ensuring that access to home visits won’t be affected, wherever someone ends up registering.”

He will add that the reforms will focus on “people-centred care” and promised that poorly-performing hospitals would no longer be rewarded for below-standard treatment.