§ Mrs. Beckett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the role of primary care in developing the NHS and purchasing.
§ Mr. Malone
Guidance issued by the Department EL(94)79, developing NHS purchasing and GP fundholding, sets out our policy for involving primary care practitioners more closely in national health service purchasing. In particular, this will be through the extended options for general practitioner fundholding and the development of stronger partnerships between health authorities and primary health care teams. Copies of the guidance are available in the Library.