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General Practitioners

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 411WA, on general practitioners, how many examples his Department received from members of the public; and to which primary care trusts these examples related. (228249)

A standard search of departmental records has identified three letters and a further 12 items of electronic correspondence that mention examples of ‘gentlemen’s agreements’.

There may be further examples that allude to this issue but do not use the term ‘gentlemen’s agreement’. Identifying any such cases would be disproportionately expensive.

The address of the correspondents cannot be identified on all the electronic correspondence. However, we can identify the address of the correspondent in 14 cases. These addresses were in the area of the following primary care trusts (PCTs).

Barnet PCT

Buckinghamshire PCT

Devon PCT

East Riding of Yorkshire PCT

East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT

Leicester and Rutland PCT

Lincolnshire PCT (2)

South Essex PCT

Surrey PCT

Western Cheshire PCT

Warwickshire PCT (2)

Trafford PCT