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Right to register near workplace

Patients have been given the right to register at a practice near their work rather than their home.

But as revealed by Pulse, 'dual registration' allowing patients to register at more than one practice has been ruled out.

Dr David Colin-Thome, the Department of Health's primary care tsar, said the Government wanted flexibility, but dual registration would have been 'cumbersome and expensive'

He said: 'If there is movement with IT in future you will have continuity of care for the record. The practice you are registered with will be the principal practice.

'The public have to be aware if you do that you don't have home-based services. You can't have both.'

The White Paper does not indicate how patients will receive care if they are at home.

Dr James Kingsland, chair of the National Association of Primary Care and a GP in Wallasey, Wirral, said the policy was designed to please middle-class commuting voters and would be 'irksome' to GPs.

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