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General Practitioners: Disadvantaged

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the opening of new general practitioner practices in deprived areas; and if he will make a statement. (233806)

We are introducing 112 new general practitioner (GP) practices in the areas that need them most as part of the £250 million investment in new primary care services. We have made good progress to date, with the majority of primary care trusts (PCTs) on target to award and sign contracts by the end of December 2008 with service commencement expected during 2009. The new practices will help to address existing inequalities of health care around the country, by providing more capacity in primary care, and more choice for patients in the most deprived areas of where and when they can access GP services.