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General Practitioners

Health written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the maximum distance is which people should expect to have to travel to a GP surgery.

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

The Department does not specify maximum distances which people should expect to have to travel to a general practitioner's (GP's) surgery. Patients can seek to register with any GP practice that is taking new patient registrations. Arrangements exist locally between practices and primary care trusts (PCTs) setting out practice boundaries. PCTs are responsible for commissioning local primary care services in accordance with the needs of their local population, including ensuring appropriate access for patients to GP services.

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