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Care UK responds to Andy Burnham speech: increased GP choice will benefit patients and the NHS

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Dr Mark Hunt, Managing Director of Care UK Primary Care, the largest independent provider of healthcare to the NHS, said:
"The ending of catchment areas is great news for patients and the NHS.  Allowing patients to choose their GP combined with the publication of GP performance data will mean patients can make a more informed choice on quality and not just have to go to the nearest GP.  Being able to register with a GP near work will dramatically improve convenience as patients don’t have to take half a day off work just to attend their GP.  It will also provide a mechanism for good practices to grow and expand services to a greater number of patients.  
Most importantly because patients will now have real choice, GPs will have to be responsive to their needs.  Patients will benefit from longer opening hours, more personalised care and improved performance across the board.  It is this kind of choice and competition that needs to be extended across as many areas of the health service as possible."

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