HC Deb 07 May 1962 vol 659 cc2-3W
36. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that under the National Health Service regulations a doctor in the service can refuse to attend a patient who is living immediately outside the area of his practice, despite the fact that he has been drawing a capitation fee for that patient for some years; and if he will take steps to inform patients of this principle so that they can arrange to be placed on the list of another doctor.

Mr. Powell

Only if the patient has moved out of the area since being placed on the doctor's list. I have no evidence that this causes difficulty generally.