§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the names of provider units known by the Department of Health and NHS management executive to be restricting services to non-fundholding GPs' patients in April 1993 and May 1993.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
It is for national health service purchasers—health authorities and general practitioner fundholders—to place contracts with provider units to secure high quality, cost-effective services. The Government agreed with, the medical profession in 1991 that providers should not offer a contract to one purchaser that would disadvantage the patients of another. We have no evidence that hospitals are not following this guidance when offering services to potential purchasers.