DoH considers scrapping GPs
The Government is considering the long-term option of making all doctors specialists and ending the principle of general practice.
Patient choice tsar Harry Cayton told Pulse a move to a 'French model' where patients saw a 'different GP for every different treatment' had not been ruled out in wide-ranging plans to increase choice in the NHS.
His comments came as Government announcements on publishing GPs' quality framework scores and development of specialist PMS practices raised fears of increasing specialisation in the profession.
'I don't see any reason why that shouldn't happen in the long-term if that's what people are looking for and we have the data. The one-size-fits-all NHS isn't going to do anymore,' said Mr Cayton.
'It might need something that would be a huge step forward, like patient-held records where you took your electric record with you. It would need all sorts of movements around the system.' He said proposals for patients to register with more than one GP had been shelved until the electronic record was implemented.