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GPC clarifies 'full' and 'closed' lists

Practices with a 'full' list can refuse to take on new patients but could still receive allocations from their PCO, new GPC contract guidance states.

Only if a practice has been through the list closure procedures and is 'officially closed to assignments' will it avoid forced allocations.

Focus on patient registration aims to end confusion over the status of practices' lists.

GPs who say they have a 'full' list will have to write to patients within 14 days of the application with a 'reasonable' reason for their refusal, such as the patient lives outside the practice's boundaries.

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