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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what general practitioner practices within Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust (a) have agreed extended opening hours and (b) declined to extend opening hours. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Information is not collected in the requested format. Information is only available for the number of general practitioner (GP) practices offering extended opening. According to the latest data collected in June 2008, there are no GP practices within Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust currently offering extended opening.
In order to extend GP opening hours £158 million has been provided nationally. The development and location of services are a matter for the national health service locally, based on need and working in conjunction with clinicians, patients and other stakeholders. The hon. Member may therefore wish to raise this matter locally.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on dispensing GPs of implementing the proposals set out in the Pharmacy White Paper; what discussions he has had with dispensing GPs on the matter; and what recent representations he has received on the proposals. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The White Paper Pharmacy in England; Building on StrengthsDelivering the Future looks at aligning the future provision of pharmaceutical services and sets out proposals to look at the market entry criteria for doctors and community pharmacists, (copies of this are available in the Library). No final decision has been taken over any criteria to be used in considering future arrangements for patients to receive pharmaceutical services from their general practitioner (GP).
A consultation paper will be launched later this summer following the recent publication of the primary and community care strategyNHS Next Stage Review (copies of this publication have already been deposited in the Library). This will put forward possible options to address these issues and will contain an initial assessment of the impact of any proposals on patients, the national health service and contractors.
The Department has carried out a number of listening events around the country in the past two months on the Pharmacy White Paper. As part of this, over 120 dispensing GPs and practice managers attended these events. In addition, The Departments officials have met with representatives of GPs and pharmacists to discuss these matters and a large amount of correspondence has been received on the proposals contained in the White Paper.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 19 May 2008, Official Report, column 119W, on health centres, on what dates regional workshops have been held; and if he will place
in the Library copies of the (a) agenda, (b) minutes and (c) other papers for each of these workshops. 
Provide an understanding of: Policy around Access to Primary Medical Care. Primary care trust (PCT) Procurement Framework and the website. What a Procurement Framework is. Level of support provided by the Department.
Provide an understanding of: Commercial principles that inform the Invitation to Tender (ITT) for GP Practices and Health Centres. How to adapt template documents to meet PCT needs. Building Clinical Quality Requirements into the Contract.(3)
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2008, Official Report, column 119W, on health centres, on what dates future regional workshops have been planned; and what the planned content is of each. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Workshops planned for the future are regional (strategic health authority (SHA) Level) evaluation process workshops and a London region programme overview workshop for London primary care trusts (PCTs). These will be held during the month of July 2008.
overview of the evaluation/bidder selection process;
pre-qualification questionnaire process overview and questions;
key elements of the invitation to tender evaluation;
invitation to tender requirements and weightings; and
consolidating results evaluation results.
overview of the equitable access to primary medical care programme;
commercial and market management strategy overview;
an understanding of the early steps of a procurement process (service design, affordability assessment, stakeholder engagement and procurement planning and publishing advertisements); and
set out next steps and timeline for delivery for London PCTs.
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