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Nhs Walk-In Centres

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS walk-in centres there are (a) in England and (b) in the Buckinghamshire health authority area; and what plans he has for further centres. [106983]

There are now 42 national health service walk-in centres, none of which is within the Buckinghamshire Strategic Health Authority area. These have demonstrated success in improving primary care access locally, and we now expect them and similar primary care trust led walk-in services to form an integral part of local strategies to improve primary care access. We are considering how best to encourage their further development.