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Health Centres

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data his Department has gathered from primary care trusts to assess progress in the implementation of the GP-led health centres programme. (226293)

Primary care trusts provide a monthly update on progress against national procurement milestones, confirmation of compliance with core criteria, the expected date of service commencement, and where known, the postcode of the service location.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect of allowing primary care trusts to provide a minimum income guarantee to the new GP-led health centres to open in their areas on existing GP practices. (226294)

Providing an income guarantee to a new general practitioner (GP)-led health centre will have no impact on the funding of existing GP practices.

It is for each primary care trusts to determine locally the funding for their health centre, including what percentage of income is to be guaranteed to the provider, and for how long.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts have made a request to his Department that an existing health centre or health centre already under development be counted as its contribution to his Department's programme for a GP-led health centre in each primary care trust area; and which requests were accepted. (226304)

All primary care trusts have been asked to commission an additional general practitioner-led health centre, and have been given additional funding to commission those services. The Department has not received specific requests from primary care trusts to use existing health centres. PCTs have been guided by the principle that these should be new procurements, but that they could count any planned health centres as long as they had not already been put out to tender before the publication of “Our NHS, Our Future: The NHS Next Stage Review Interim Report” in October 2007, and met the core criteria. These are centres that must be open 8am to 8pm 365 days a year and be situated in easily accessible locations, with bookable and walk-in appointments for both registered and non-registered patients.