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Choose and Book System

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2006, Official Report, column 935W, on the choose and book system, what discussions she had with GP representative bodies prior to the decision to introduce the new system; and what representations she received from (a) representative bodies, (b) GP practices and (c) other organisations; (73289)

(2) pursuant to her answer of 16 May 2006, Official Report, column 935W, what assessment she has made of the response of (a) general practitioner practices, (b) general practitioner representative bodies and (c) other relevant organisations in respect of the introduction of the new system.

The choice and booking direct enhanced service (DES) was agreed with the general practitioners' committee of the British Medical Association, as part of negotiations for the general medical service contract to take effect from 1 April 2006-07.

An exhaustive list of representations since received by the Department in response to the introduction of the DES could be provided only at disproportionate cost. A brief search has identified over 300 letters and e-mails received on the subject matter relating to choose and book during the period 1 January 2005 to 31 May 2006.