GPs (Premium Rate Telephone Numbers)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 12th July 2011.

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Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 2:30 pm, 12th July 2011

The Department is very clear, and the general medical services contract makes it very clear, that GPs are not allowed to do it. There are a number of options open to GPs who already have such telephone contracts, such as calling patients back, altering the contract arrangements or, indeed, paying the costs themselves.