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North Lancashire Primary Care Trust: Finance

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding was available to North Lancashire Primary Care Trust to improve GP services in 2007-08; (194027)

(2) what improvements are being considered by North Lancashire Primary Care Trust to GP services in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency.

[holding answer 14 March 2008]: The requested information is not held centrally. The information for improvements to general practitioner (GP) services is not available at constituency level, and primary care trust (PCT) revenue allocations are not ring-fenced.

However, North Lancashire PCT will be receiving additional investment in 2008-09 from the £250 million access fund, announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 10 October 2007, to procure two new GP practices and one GP-led health centre.

The North West Strategic Health Authority (SHA) reports that the health centre will provide a greater range of services in primary care, improve access to primary care (12 hours per day seven days per week) and target services to be most accessible to those most in need. The additional GP practices will also offer additional hours and full GP services, and could also offer additional services.

The North West SHA is managing an assurance process that oversees the procurement and delivery process for the equitable access plans for North Lancashire PCT.