General Practitioners

Health written question – answered at on 9 March 2011.

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Photo of Julian Smith Julian Smith Conservative, Skipton and Ripon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on the funding of GP consortia which cross existing primary care trust boundaries.

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

From 2013-14, the NHS Commissioning Board will take over responsibility for commissioning guidelines and the allocation of resources from the Department. It will be for the board to decide how best to allocate resources in a way that supports the principle of securing equivalent access to national health service services relative to the prospective burden of disease and disability.

During the transition to the board, the Secretary of State has asked the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA), an independent committee comprising general practitioner (GPs), academics and NHS managers, to continue to oversee the formulae for the distribution of NHS resources. ACRA's work programme will include consideration of the allocation of funds to GP consortia. This work programme does not pre-empt any decisions to be made by the NHS Commissioning Board.

Further detail on the allocations and processes will be announced in due course.

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