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Health Services

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to the personal relationship between general practitioners and patients in formulating primary care policy. (203367)

A patient's relationship with their family doctor is of vital importance. List-based general practice is a key strength of the system that we have. It is valued by patients, doctors and the national health service as a whole.

There is no contradiction between the desire by many patients to be seen by their own general practitioner and the £250 million investment we are making in expanding primary care provision particularly in under-doctored areas.