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Health Centres: Finance

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire on 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1689W, on health centres, for what reason GP-led health centres will not receive payments for treating patients registered with another GP practice. (227512)

Payment for services delivered by each general practitioner (GP)-led health centre is a local matter for each primary care trust (PCT). PCTs have been advised to make payments on a similar basis to that which existing GP practices receive funding for treating patients i.e. a mixture of funding based on the number of patients registered with them and volume of activity of treating patients not registered with the centre.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire on 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1689W, on health centres: finance, how much each primary care trust will receive of the £120 million allocated for new GP-led health centres. (227513)

A £250 million access revenue fund was secured for the NHS through the comprehensive spending review process to support the delivery of general practitioner (GP)-led health centres in every primary care trust (PCT) and 112 new GP practices in the most poorly served PCTs. Collectively, £120 million of the access fund will be recurrently allocated to PCTs in their general allocation using the standard weighted capitation formula which determines each PCTs target share of available resources. PCTs general allocations and are not broken down into individual components for specific policy delivery. General allocations to PCTs for 2009-10 and 2010-11 will be announced in due course.