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Call for early move to registered lists

GPs in Northern Ireland want registered practice lists to be used immediately under the new contract, ahead of the rest of the UK. They argued their lists are already clean and census data is inaccurate.

Motions passed unanimously at the annual LMC conference demanded GPs' global sum be based on their actual lists as soon as the contract comes into force.

GPs said census data was likely to be particularly unhelpful in deciding allocations to practices in the province because many people who work, pay national insurance and claim health care actually live in the Republic of Ireland. A requirement for photocards in order to vote has put many people off voting.

GPC chair Dr John Chisholm agreed the unique aspects of Northern Ireland needed to be taken into account, but said he did not know if practices there could move to registered lists ahead of the rest of the UK. 'I don't know whether something could be done to recognise lists are on average cleaner and more accurate,' he said.

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