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Gps' Contracts

Volume 201: debated on Tuesday 14 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for health what discussions his Department is undertaking with the General Medical Service Committee concerning the contract for general practitioners; what is the timetable for these discussions; and which issues are being discussed.

There is a continuing programme of discussions between the Department and the General Medical Services Committee dealing, as necessary, with the possible development of aspects of the GPs' contract. Current issues include the further development of the health promotion elements of the contract in the context of the Department's health strategy. The Department and the GMSC are also

London ambulance service
Average response limes for emergency vehicles
North WestNorth EastSouth EastSouth WestTrainingLAS total
Per cent, withinPer cent, withinPer cent, withinPer cent, withinPer cent, withinPer cent, within
7 min.14 min.7 min.14 min.7 min.14 min.7 min.14 min.7 min.14 min.7 min.14 min.
April—December 1990
April—June 199013779721578158015851377
July—September 199012779711276168119801276
October—December 199012768741274148120761276
January—April 1991 (Changed basis for calculating response limes)1 2
January—March 199186656466111701476866
April 1991763564869879666768
1 Up to January 1991, response times were measured from the end of the initial telephone call. Since February they have been calculated from the moment the telephone is answered in accordance with national standards.
2 Response times were based upon a sample 3 per cent, up to April 1991 compared with 100 per cent, from May, when the sampling was changed to comply with national standards.
London ambulance service
Average response times for emergency vehicles
North WestNorth EastSouthLAS total
Per cent, withinPer cent, withinPer cent, withinPer cent, within
8 min.14 min.8 min.14 min.8 min.14 min.8 min.14 min.
May—September 19913 4
May—June 19911873146623781972
July—September 19911567136121751768
3 From May 1991 the Orcon standard based on 50 per cent, within 7 minutes changed to 50 per cent, within 8 minutes. (The Orcon report was published in November 1990 and this contained the suggested response times quoted above).
4 In April 1991 the southern and the training division were combined.