The National Health Service Central Register (NHSCR) contains basic demographic details of everyone who was born, or have died, in Scotland plus anyone else who is (or has been) on the list of a general medical practitioner in Scotland. The Register exists mainly to allow the smooth transfer of patients who move between Health Board areas (or across borders within the UK). It also provides to Scottish local authorities a unique reference number which is used to identify people on the database of local authority customers. The NHSCR operates under Section 57 of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006.
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