These guidelines have been published to assist commissioners in responding to practices wanting to suspend patient registration on a temporary basis | NHS England
It recognises the duty on commissioners to secure services for patients as well as the pressure on practices in providing services linking with support arrangements described in the general practice forward view.
The GMS and PMS contracts allow for a Practice to request permission from its commissioner to close its list to new patients (Paragraph 29 of Schedule 6, Part 2 of the NHS (GMS Contracts) Regulations (as amended). This option exists to give practices a degree of workload control over the management of their services, particularly when there is unusual and sustained demand from patients or in situations of workforce or recruitment difficulties that affect a practices ability to provide services to an acceptable and safe standard.
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