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General Practitioners

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS body determines the proportion of GP appointments at a practice which may be booked in advance; what guidance his Department has issued on the matter; and if he will make a statement. (298876)

It is for general practitioner (GP) practices to decide how their appointments are divided between quick appointments and those that can be booked further ahead.

“Improving Access, Responding to Patients: A ‘how to’ guide for GP practices” was launched on 2 September, and has been distributed to all GP practices and every primary care trust and strategic health authority. This guide gives practical advice on setting up appointment systems, which meet patients’ needs and preferences. A copy of the document has been placed in the Library.