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Family Practitioner Services

Health written question – answered on 6th February 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) when he expects (a) blood tests, (b) electrocardiograms and (c) ultrasound to be available on demand in GPs' surgeries;

(2) how much he has set aside in each financial year until 2010-11 to make (a) blood tests, (b) electrocardiograms and (c) ultrasound available on demand in GP practices.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

Many general practitioner surgeries already offer blood tests and electrocardiograms, and some offer ultrasounds and other diagnostic tests. Primary care trusts should decide locally the best setting to provide these services to meet the needs of their patients.

As a result of the recent comprehensive spending review, the national health service will receive real terms increases of 4 per cent. per year over the next three years. This is significantly higher than the. long term trend, and will take NHS funding to around £110 billion by 2010-11.

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