HC Deb 12 February 1996 vol 271 cc462-3W
Mr. Milburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 31 January,Official Report, column 810, when information on GP fundholding savings will be available. [14890]

Mr. Malone

Information about fundholder efficiency savings for 1994–95 will not be available until final audits are completed.

Mr. Morgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given to general practitioner fundholders via their family health service authorities concerning the placing of contracts for their long waiting list patients with individual private consultants and BUPA; and if he will place a copy of such guidance notes in the Library. [14884]

Mr. Malone

The 1994 review of contracting guidance, which was issued to general practitioner fundholders, as well as district health authorities, encourages them to secure the best quality and value for money services possible from either NHS or independent sector providers. A copy of the guidance, EL(93)103, is in the Library.