General Practitioners

Health written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what authorisation is required from a primary care trust in setting up a closed-list GP practice by an employer; whether there are any elements of public funding for such practices; and if he will make a statement.

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

Any employer is free to employ a general practitioner (GP) to provide medical services to their staff. Such an arrangement would be a private one between the employer and the GP. No authorisation is required by a primary care trust and no public funding would be available for such an arrangement. Employees would remain free to register with a national health service GP practice in the usual way.

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