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General Practitioners

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the average distance between a person’s home and nearest GP surgery in different parts of the country. (198241)

The Department does not hold information regarding the average distance between a person’s home and nearest general practitioner surgery centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of general practitioner practices there will be in England in 2010-11. (198260)

The Department has made no projections of general practitioner practice data. Any estimate will depend on decisions made by primary care trusts on the local configuration of health services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of primary care trusts have submitted plans to his Department for a GP-led health centre in their area. (198262)

The Department has not asked to see individual plans or specifications from primary care trusts. Strategic health authorities will provide assurances that each primary care trusts’ plans reflect the procurement principles and core criteria.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what he estimates will be the average annual cost of running one of the new 150 GP-led health centres. (198267)

The cost of each new service will be dependant upon its clinical design based on local health need.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients he estimates will be registered on average at each of the new 150 GP-led health centres. (198268)

This will be determined locally by primary care trusts and is likely to vary depending on the needs and access of the local population.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for the establishment of the new 150 GP-led health centres. (198269)

The Operating Framework set a national requirement for primary care trusts to undertake open and transparent procurements during 2008-09 for new general practitioner-led health centres. Exact service commencement will depend on a range of local circumstances, including the availability of premises.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average number of general practitioners working in a general practitioner-led health centre. (198270)

This information is not collected centrally. Decisions on service configurations is a local matter for primary care trusts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of general practitioners he estimates will be based in one of the new 150 general practitioner-led health centres in 2010. (198271)

This will be determined by primary care trusts and will depend on a range of local factors, including the clinical design of the services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services the new 150 general practitioner-led health centres will be expected to provide. (198272)

The Department has established the following core criteria for each new health centre service:

easily accessible locations;

core general practitioner (GP) services;

open 8 am-8 pm, seven days per week;

bookable GP appointments and walk-in services;

registered and non-registered patients; and

maximising opportunities to integrate and co-locate with other community based services.

Beyond these, local commissioners will determine the precise range of services in ways that best meet local health needs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner-led health centres his Department plans to introduce by 2010; and what estimate he has made of the impact of the introduction of these centres on the number of general practitioner practices. (198273)

The configuration of health services is a local matter for primary care trusts. From 2008-09 the Department will support primary care trusts (PCTs) in commissioning 152 new general practitioner led health centres to add to existing provision.

PCTs are currently engaging with stakeholders, including local patients and national health service staff about how new health centre services are best provided to meet local needs and the effect they may have on existing provision.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the first of the new 150 GP-led health centres to open. (198274)

Primary care trusts are currently developing their plans and specifications with their strategic health authorities. It is too early to say at this stage when and where we expect the first services to open.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the effect of establishing the new 150 GP-led health centres on the average distance from a person's home to the nearest GP surgery. (198275)

Primary care trusts are responsible for assessing the impact of local health service configurations. They are currently engaging with their stakeholders, including local patients and national health service staff about how new general practitioner led health centre services are best provided to meet local needs and the effect they may have on existing provision.