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Health: GP Commissioning Groups

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Chesterton Lord Hunt of Chesterton Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to measure the amount of time general practitioners spend on administrative tasks under the proposed reforms of the National Health Service; and whether they plan to recommend a limit.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

It will be for general practitioner (GP) consortia to decide within the legislative framework how they carry out their functions. In light of our proposals to liberate the National Health Service, the department does not plan to recommend or monitor the amount of time spent by GPs on administrative tasks.

We have proposed that it would be a requirement for every GP practice to be part of a consortium and to contribute to its goals. However, our proposed model will mean that not all GPs have to be actively involved in every aspect of commissioning. Their predominant focus will continue to be on providing high quality primary care to their patients. It is likely to be a smaller group of GPs who would lead the consortium and play an active role in the clinical design of local services.

Consortia will also receive a management allowance. They will be able to use this to secure support for discharging their responsibilities from a range of sources; this could include support to assist with administrative and commissioning duties.

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