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Gp Contract

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the new GP contract on the provision of out of hours cover. [105392]

The proposed new general medical service (CMS) contract would offer CMS providers the opportunity to opt out of responsibility for providing out of hours care to their patients and a timetable for doing so. If the new contract is accepted by general practitioners and they exercise this opt-out, primary care trusts (PCTs) will be responsible for ensuring that an alternative and accredited service is available.