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Health Centres

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued to primary care trusts on the location of GP-led health centres within their catchment area. (205216)

Primary care trusts (PCTs) have been asked to follow a small number of core criteria for the general practitioner (GP)-led health centres, one of which is ensuring the new services are in an easily accessible location. It is, ultimately, for PCTs to identify the best location for these new services following consultation with patients, GPs and others to reflect local needs and preferences.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether representatives of his Department are holding regular meetings with representatives of (a) primary care trusts and (b) strategic health authorities on the implementation of his Department’s plans for a new GP-led health centre in each primary care trust area. (205244)

The Department is supporting primary care trusts and strategic health authorities (SHAs) with a series of regional workshops which focus on the different stages of procurement. There are a number of programme based meetings within SHAs’ remit which Departmental officials are able to attend.