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General Practitioners: Homelessness

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 81026, tabled on 24 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the West Midlands and (d) England with no fixed abode can register with a GP.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

15 December 2021

NHS England’s national patient registration guidance states that a fixed address or identification is not required to register or access treatment at general practitioner (GP) practices. Where necessary, the practice can use its address to register the patient. Physical and digital access cards have been distributed via local Healthwatch services in England and voluntary organisations, reiterating the entitlement to register and receive treatment from a GP practice, without proof of address or identification.

Coventry and Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group have commissioned a specialist service for specific cohorts of patients. The Anchor Centre is available to patients who consider themselves to be homeless, vulnerably housed, rough sleepers or similar circumstances.

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