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Health Centres

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he plans to review the effectiveness of new GP-led health centres; (219635)

(2) when he expects the first GP-led health centre to open;

(3) what percentage of primary care trusts have identified sites for GP-led health centres.

The Government's policy intent is to increase access to and convenience of general practitioner (GP) services. There are a number of ways of measuring the impact that a new GP-led health centre will have on the delivery of services to patients, which will be monitored centrally. Primary care trusts (PCTs) as the responsible commissioners of services will review improvements against their strategic needs assessments and patient satisfaction with the services being delivered to ensure local needs are being met and the public's health and well-being improves.

The first GP-led health centre opened on 1 July 2008 in Bedfordshire.

PCTs will decide on the location of their new GP-led health centres and the services within them and will be engaging local people and other stakeholders in these matters to ensure they meet local needs.