Why have I doggedly pursued this issue?
Because not only is it remarkably stupid and simply will not work, but it will also cause the current system, with all its complexity and problems, to malfunction.
Looking after patients at a distance creates all sorts of problems (it is inefficient, more resource consuming, at times unsafe), if people from outside an area register with a practice they will almost inevitably displace a local resident from registering with that practice, or at the very least take some of the resources away from the local population.
So it seems to me essential that we put a stop to this madness. And because in December 2010 nobody else seemed to giving this issue any attention, I decided I must so created this blog and started writing to MPs.