Published: 03/11/2005 Volume 115 No. 5980 Page 7

Patients should be allowed to register with more than one GP, NHS chief executives have said.

Seventy-eight per cent of chief executives polled by the NHS Confederation said the government should lift curbs that limit patients to registration with a single GP.

However, they were more divided on what type of registration should be put in place.

The survey findings, released today just before tomorrow's close of 'deliberations' on the healthcare outside hospitals white paper, show that over a third of NHS leaders believe patients should be given the option of registering with an 'alternative independent sector primary care provider' contracted by the NHS.

Thirty per cent believe patients should be allowed to register with multiple practices in different locations, and with specialists for longterm conditions such as diabetes.

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