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Minor Surgery

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 27 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what encouragement the Government are giving to general practitioners to undertake more minor surgery.

We are keen to encourage more GPs to provide minor surgery, which is a service popular with patients. The GPs' new contract introduces for the first time specific remuneration for this work. GPs admitted to the minor surgery List will receive a sessional payment of £100 provided they perform at least five of the procedures listed in the regulations each quarter. A GP is allowed to claim no more than three sessional payments a quarter. Where a GP carries out minor surgery on behalf of a partnership or group practice he or she may claim a higher number of payments in a quarter up to a maximum of three times the number of partners or members of the group. These arrangements will provide a strong incentive to GPs to extend their skills, resulting in an enhanced service to their patients. In consequence, patients will be saved the inconvenience of attending out-patients departments.