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General Practitioners

Health written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of the GP consortia pathfinder programme.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

Any costs associated with establishing pathfinders will come from existing primary care trust budgets. Clusters will provide a development fund of £2 per head, in addition to, and alongside, existing practice based commissioning funding, to support the development of general practitioner consortiums. The Department is not monitoring spend on the pathfinder programme.

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