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GP Access

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that patients resident in border areas of England have access to a GP registered in England. (274109)

We are aware of a small number of cases where patients resident in England, registered with a general practitioner (GP) in Wales, have had difficulty switching to an English GP because they do not live within any English GP practice's boundaries.

This was discussed with Gloucestershire NHS during a visit to the Forest of Dean last week and they will seek to resolve the case of the particular couple the hon. Gentleman has raised. They also intend surveying all Gloucestershire residents registered with GPs in Wales to measure how many might wish to change and will consider providing new GP services in the area covered.