GP Commissioning (Financial Information)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 2nd November 2010.

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Photo of Alan Beith Alan Beith Chair, Justice Committee, Chair, Liaison Committee (Commons), Member, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee), Chair, National Policy Statements Sub-Committee 2:30 pm, 2nd November 2010

I welcome the Minister's reply. As GP practices have always been treated as private partnerships and are not open to financial scrutiny or freedom of information requests, it is important that £80 billion of public spending is, in the way he describes, subject to scrutiny, including by this House.

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Richard Taylor
Posted on 7 Feb 2012 9:06 pm (Report this annotation)

It is my understanding that GPs, and their practices, are subject to the Freedom of Information Act, they are included via paragraph 43A of Schedule 1 of the Act, which describes which bodies are covered:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/schedule/1/parag...

They are covered only in relation to the provision of "primary medical services", which appears right and proportional to me.

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

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