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Volume 264: debated on Thursday 19 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what circumstances general practitioners are required to contribute towards the full cost of treatment prescribed for patients. [37583]

General practitioner fundholders are expected to meet their prescribing costs from allocated budgets. However, health authorities hold contingency reserves for exceptional, uncontrollable or unforeseeable changes in prescribing expenditure.