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Health: GPs

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by primary care trusts in commissioning comprehensive well-being and prevention services under the GP access and responsiveness programme; and to what extent the six key goals, including sexual health, have been taken into account in that programme. [HL1111]

The GP access and responsiveness programme is focused on driving improvements in patients' experience of accessing general practitioner (GP) services, as reported through the national GP patient survey. The next-stage review committed primary care trusts (PCTs), working with their local partners, to commission comprehensive well-being and prevention services, customising those services to meet the needs of their local populations. Efforts are focused on six key goals: tackling obesity, reducing alcohol harm, treating drug addiction, reducing smoking rates, improving sexual health and improving mental health. In line with this, PCTs have produced five-year strategic plans outlining their priorities for investment in improving the health of their local populations. Many of these strategies will combine focused efforts on the six key goals with strategies to improve patients' access to GP services.