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General Practitioners (Derbyshire)

Volume 400: debated on Wednesday 26 February 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to meet patient demand for GPs in Derbyshire. [98889]

Provision of access to general practitioner services is a matter for primary care trusts (PCTs). A number of initiatives are being taken by PCTs across Derbyshire to improve access to GPs.For example a £1.1 million public finance initiative build project has been approved by Chesterfield PCT to provide a GP practice in Staveley. Greater Derby PCT is using local investment finance trust funding to develop three new primary care resource centres and to enable Greater Derby practices to upgrade and extend their services in line with the NHSPlan.