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General Practitioners

Volume 170: debated on Wednesday 28 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to make the grounds for eligibility for general practitioners' targets more flexible should it become apparent that it is in the patients' best interests to do so.

The GP target payments system will reduce the number of unnecessary deaths from cancer of the cervix and help to eliminate childhood diseases. It is therefore clearly in the patients' best interests. The Government have already given an undertaking to monitor all aspects of the GPs' new contract and to consider further improvements should this prove necessary.