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Family Practitioner Committees

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the saving which would accrue to the National Health Service in 1979–80 if family practitioner committees were abolished and any function which remained necessary assumed by the area health authorities.

No estimate has been made of the relative cost if the functions of administering the family practitioner services were carried out under such an administrative structure. The role and function of family practitioner committees and health authorities are matters on which the Royal Commission on the National Health Service may comment in its report, which we expect in the first half of next year.