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General Practitioners: NHS Direct

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of NHS Direct on demand for GP out-of-hours services in those areas where NHS Direct (a) is and (b) is not integrated with GP out-of-hours services; with how many GP out-of-hours providers NHS Direct is integrated; and if he will make a statement. (166448)

Out-of-hours services are commissioned by primary care trusts and do not form part of the national services commissioned by the Department from NHS Direct. Further information may be available from the Chairman of NHS Direct NHS Trust.