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General Practitioners

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the GPs' contract includes recognition of the number of drug addicts treated beyond capitation alone. [129136]

Under the new general medical service contract, most patient services will be funded by weighted capitation.With effect from 1 April 2004, there will be a national enhanced service for the treatment of patients with specialised drug and alcohol misuse problems. This will be based on national specifications and there will be additional funding.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what constitutes an improvement to a GP's premises, as referred to in the Department of Health Public Service Agreements from 1998. [128908]

Improvements are building works that lead to a substantive change to the premises from which a primary care team provides services, which in the view of the primary care trust, or its predecessor health authority, improve patient access to services or enhance the working environment for the primary care team.