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General Practitioners

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to encourage general practitioners to become GPs with a specialist interest; and if she will make a statement. (122814)

General Practitioners with special interests can make a valuable contribution to delivery of care closer to patients’ homes. Decisions on their development, recruitment and training are local matters and the Department is supporting primary care trusts, most recently through the publication in April 2007 of ‘Implementing care closer to home: Convenient quality care for patients’, which sets out a process for accrediting such practitioners and the services that they deliver. Copies have been placed in the Library.