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Choose and Book

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding her Department has allocated for 2006-07 for incentives for general practitioners to use the Choose and Book system. (75309)

Revisions to the general medical service (GMS) contract from 1 April 2006-07 include a reward for general practitioner practices, through a directed enhanced service (DES), for utilisation of the choose and book service and for delivering choice to patients.

The full value of the DES is 96 pence per registered patient. There are approximately 53.3 million registered patients in England. Assuming that every practice in England meets the full requirements of both components of the DES, the value of the DES in 2006-07 could be just over £50 million, which is funded as a relatively small part of the growth in overall resource allocations to primary care trusts.