General practice in the new NHS
In the UK, general practice is a collection of small businesses providing comprehensive and continuing care. About 93 per cent of the population is registered with an NHS GP. Patients may choose their doctor although this choice is dependent on geography (for patients in remote areas, it is theoretical). Doctors also have the freedom to decline to take a patient on to their list or may remove one from it. The arrangement is based on the view that because the relationship between the doctor and patient is special there should be an element of mutual compatibility. A minority of patients have difficulty in registering with a GP. As a last resort, the FHSA may assign them to a practice for a period of six months.