GP Fund Holders

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th November 1992.

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Photo of Dr Brian Mawhinney Dr Brian Mawhinney Minister of State (Department of Health) 12:00 am, 10th November 1992

I am happy to respond to the wisdom of the National Union of Public Employees. However many GPs enter GP fund-holding schemes in a given area, their share of the budget is only 20 per cent., so their purchasing power will not in any sense be comparable that of the district health authority. The Kingston GPs mentioned in today's edition of The Times are thinking of joining forces because, in their judgment, that is the best way to deliver the best services to their patients. If I have to choose between those GPs' judgment of what is best for their patients and the hon. Gentleman's judgment, I shall side with the GPs every time.