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General Practitioners

Health written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism he plans to put in place to monitor expenditure on the GP consortia pathfinder programme.

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

We have no plans to monitor expenditure centrally on the general practitioner (GP) consortia pathfinder programme.

Primary care trust (PCT) clusters will support the development of all emerging GP consortia, including pathfinders, through offering support, including a fund of £2 per head for support in the development of their consortia. This can be used flexibly to fund, for example, clinical backfill, training and organisational development. Clusters will also provide support through a qualified or accredited senior finance manager; an organisational development expert/facilitator; an individual with expertise of appropriate governance arrangements or corporate affairs and a commissioning expert.

Subject to the legislative process, GP consortia will be accountable to the NHS Commissioning Board for managing public funds and for the outcomes they achieve.

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