Three million more patients were registered on GP lists last year than existed in the whole population of England.
As part of a move to ensure GP practices were not overpaid, the government called on the removal of so-called ‘ghost patients’. But an investigation by Pulse under the Freedom of Information Act has discovered that tens of thousands of genuine patients have been wrongly removed from practice lists. Patients have had to re-register, and patient care and the doctor/patient relationship will have been affected.
The NHS Commissioning Board will take over responsibility of ‘list cleansing’ from PCTs in April 2013.