§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 3 July 2002,Official Report, column 449W, on carers, what steps his Department has taken to encourage general practitioners to detail in patient records whether a patient is also a carer. 
§ Jacqui Smith
[holding answer 22 July 2002]: The Department is funding a three-year project by Carers UK to disseminate good practice in National Health Service support for carers including identification of carers by general practitioners in patient records. In addition, the existence of the carers field in general practitioner (GP) computer systems was highlighted in the March edition of the Department's bulletin to GPs.