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The National Health Service Central Register at Southport receives notifications of changes of a patient's Family Practitioner Committee. Such a change, or transfer, occurs when a patient registers with a new NHS doctor in an FPC other than that with which the patient was formerly registered. A 10% systematic sample of these transfers is taken. In Scotland, re-registrations between Area Health Boards are notified to the National Health Service Central Register, Scotland. In Northern Ireland re-registrations from other parts of the United Kingdom are notified to Central Services Agency, Belfast. No information is available on movements within Northern Ireland. These data provide an indication of internal migration flows within the United Kingdom.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Age, sex, old registration area, new registration area.

Age, sex, old registration area, new registration area

United Kingdom, administrative areas, age, demographic statistics, gender, health services, internal migration, patients
Identifier Variables
Area of Health System
Primary care
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic
Data collecting organization (s)
Data Type
Survey (longitudinal)
Coverage (date of field work)
1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1990, 1991
Unit of Analysis

Patients registering with new NHS doctors in an FPC other than that with which they were formerly registered. Sample size not given

ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access