GP registration moving too slowly

    The government has failed to achieve its target for people with
    learning difficulties to be registered with a GP by June 2004, as
    set out in the Valuing People white paper.

    A Department of Health spokesperson conceded that registration was
    proceeding slowly in some parts of England and told Community
    Care
    : “It is also unclear as to whether every GP has
    identified everyone with a learning difficulty who is already
    registered with them.”

    Rob Greig, director of the Valuing People programme, said some GPs
    claimed their lists were full and declined to register people with
    learning difficulties because they often had greater demands.

    Greig warned that some GPs could only be persuaded to provide
    services when the NHS realised people with learning difficulties
    should be included in all mainstream health care services. However,
    he insisted that “significant strides” had been made in some
    areas.

    Joan Scott, director of self-advocacy group Action Unlimited, said
    it was worrying the target had not been met and urged the DoH to
    act.

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