The 'ghost patient' scandal: Family doctors are being paid up to £400 million to look after patients who have DIED or moved away



Hundreds of thousands of patients in England are registered with a GP despite having died, moved or left the country, new figures suggest.
Data from NHS Digital shows that the number of patients registered with GPs in England increased from 57.2 million in September 2015 to 57.3 million in March 2016.
But population estimates for 2016 are just 54.3 million, based on data from the 2011 Census.
The difference means GPs are being paid for potentially up to three million patients who no longer need their services.
NHS Digital's report said: 'This discrepancy is known as 'list inflation' and may... read more

 
27 September 2016 in Health, Views: 37
Source: Daily Mail
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