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Doctors (Patient Lists)

Volume 23: debated on Tuesday 4 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will have discussions with representatives of the medical profession in England and Wales concerning the right of doctors to remove patients from their lists without giving a reason; and if he will make a statement.

No. It is a patient's right at any time to seek removal from his doctor's list. A doctor may similarly have any person removed from his list. No reason need be given in either case. Where either party to the doctor-patient relationship does not wish it to continue, it is in the interests of both that it should cease. Knowledge by either of the other's reasons would not affect this.