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More than half of clinicians favour allowing patients to register with more than one practice or with a GP near their work, a survey by the influential New Health Network has found.

Most doctors at the network's inaugural clinicians' forum conference, attended by Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt, also wanted to see practice opening hours extended.

A snapshot survey of 60 doctors and nurses, half of whom worked in primary care, found 87 per cent favoured practices opening on Saturday mornings as well as between 8am and 6.30pm on weekdays.

Some 38 per cent favoured Sunday morning opening.

The survey also revealed that 80 per cent believed patients aged over 50 should have regular health MOTs.

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