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General Practitioners: Finance

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the effects of devolving budget responsibilities to GPs on the quality of patient care. (126736)

General practices have been devolved indicative budgets under practice-based commissioning (PBC). By December 2006, all primary care trusts had arrangements in place to support PBC, including providing indicative practice budgets. No full assessment has yet been made of the effects of PBC, but the Department has in place support to drive forward the practical implementation of PBC and a monitoring framework to assess the impact of PBC on patient care and service development.