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Tourists (Health Care Funding)

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account her Department takes of increased summer populations in coastal areas and other holiday destinations when allocating funds to primary care trusts; and if she will make a statement. (80718)

Primary care trust (PCT) populations are defined for resource allocation as the patients registered with general practitioner (GP) practices forming the PCT and unregistered patients within their geographical boundaries.

The prescribing component of the weighted capitation formula includes a weighting for temporary residents on GP practice lists which advantages PCTs in coastal areas and other holiday destinations.

The advisory committee on resource allocation is reviewing the population base for the next round of allocations.

There are separate funding arrangements for patients who need emergency treatment away from home where the treating trust invoices the patient’s home PCT.