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General Practitioners: Gloucestershire

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. [218356]

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.

General Practitioners: Pharmacy

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. [217952]

Mr. Bradshaw: The White Paper “Pharmacy in England; Building on Strengths—Delivering 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 strategy—“NHS 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 Department’s 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.

Health Centres

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 regional workshops have been held; and if he will place
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in the Library copies of the (a) agenda, (b) minutes and (c) other papers for each of these workshops. [209191]

Mr. Bradshaw: The following table shows dates of regional workshops held to date.

Agendas and generic presentations for Workshop 1, Workshop 2, Evaluation workshops and Finance workshops are available on the Department’s website at:


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Papers for all future workshops will also be available on the Department’s website.

Workshops held to date are detailed in the following table:


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Workshop Aim/topics/content Invitees

Programme launch

13 December 2007

National Programme Launch Conference on Local Procurements—Equitable Access to Primary Medical Care (EAPMC)

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.

All PCTs and strategic health authorities (SHAs)

Workshop 1—Procurement Planning to Advert Stage

17 January 2008

Yorks and Humber Strategic Health Authority (SHA) Workshop 1

Provide an understanding of: Procurement processes and initiation of procurement. Covered PCT project specification to advert stage.(1)

Regional SHAs and respective PCTs(2)

23 January 2008

East of England SHA Workshop 1

(1)

(2)

24 January 2008

North East SHA Workshop 1

(1)

(2)

30 January 2008

North West SHA Workshop 1

(1)

(2)

31 January 2008

West Midlands SHA Workshop 1

(1)

(2)

4 February 2008

South West SHA Workshop 1

(1)

(2)

14 February 2008

South East Coast SHA Workshop 1

(1)

(2)

Knowledge Share Workshops— Deve loping Commercial and Legal Understanding

19 February 2008

Legal Workshop

Introduction to Equitable Access in primary medical care. Legal and Contract aspects.

Selected PCTs and SHAs.

26 February 2008

Commercial Workshop

Introduction to Proper Balance between: Quality, Value and Safety.

Selected PCTs and SHAs.

Procurement Hub Workshop

4 March 2008

Provide an understanding of: Procurement/Commercial Strategy. Bidder Management.

Collaborative Procurement Hubs

Workshop 2—ITT Stage

15 April 2008

South West SHA Workshop 2

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)

Regional SHAs and respective PCTs(4)

16 April 2008

South East SHA Workshop 2

(3)

(4)

22 April 2008

South Central Workshop 2

(3)

(4)

23 April 2008

Yorkshire and Humber SHA Workshop 2

(3)

(4)

29 April 2008

West Midlands SHA Workshop 2

(3)

(4)

30 April 2008

North West SHA Workshop 2

(3)

(4)

1 May 2008

East of England SHA Workshop 2

(3)

(4)

7 May 2008

North East SHA Workshop 2

(3)

(4)

Finance Workshops—Affordability Review and Financial Model Template

21 April 2008

South West SHA Affordability Model and Financial Model Template (FMT)

Understanding the FMT and Affordability Models and how to adapt the FMT to meet PCT needs(5)

Regional SHAs and respective PCTs(6)

13 May 2008

Yorkshire and Humber SHA Affordability Model and FMT

(5)

(6)

21 May 2008

East Midlands SHA Affordability Model and FMT

(5)

(6)

3 June 2008

West Midlands SHA Affordability Model and FMT

(5)

(6)

5 June 2008

South Central SHA Affordability Model and FMT

(5)

(6)

6 June 2008

North West SHA Affordability Model and FMT

(5)

(6)

10 June 2008

East of England Affordability Model and FMT

(5)

(6)

12 June 2008

North East Affordability Model and FMT

(5)

(6)

Evaluation Workshops

21 May 2008

North West SHA Evaluation Workshop

Provide an enhanced understanding of: Bidder selection process. Key elements of the ITT evaluation. ITT Requirements and Weightings. Consolidation Results.(7)

Regional SHAs and respective PCTs(8)

17 June 2008

South West

(7)

(8)

19 June 2008

East of England

(7)

(8)

25 June 2008

South East Coast

(7)

(8)

3 July 2008

North East

(7)

(8)

9 July 2008

Yorkshire and Humber

(7)

(8)


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. [209192]

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.

The planned content is as follows:

Evaluation Workshop:

London Workshop 1:

All London PCTs have been invited to attend by London SHA.


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