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NHS: General Medical Services Framework

Volume 684: debated on Monday 10 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 6 March (WA 115), when the negotiations between NHS employers and the British Medical Association's General Practitioners Committee for the general medical services contract for 2007–08 onwards will commence; and whether, as in the case of the general medical services contract for 2006–07, there will be an opportunity for other stakeholders to submit suggestions for the quality and outcomes framework of the contract.[HL6767]

NHS employers who managed the negotiations with the British Medical Association on behalf of the Department of Health are in the process of appointing an expert panel to inform negotiations. The result of the selection process for the independent panel will be announced soon, along with details of how the public and other interested groups can participate in the process in future years. Discussion with the BMA on the general medical services contract has been ongoing since summer 2005.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 6 March (WA 115), what evidence they plan to collect in order to assess the benefits to patients of the inclusion in the general medical services contract of eight points for identifying and recording obesity.[HL6768]

The quality and outcomes framework for 2006-07 includes an indicator which rewards practices for maintaining an obesity register. The recording of body mass index for the register will take place in the practice as part of routine care. It is expected that this data will inform public health measures.