§ Mr. Patrick Jenkin
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether it is her intention to include in draft agreements for health centres provision entitling general practitioners to carry on private practice from such centres.
§ Mrs. Castle
Yes. I have agreed that a family doctor at a health centre should be entitled on request to use for the purpose of his private practice the facilities available to him for general medical services, subject to arrangements to ensure that no disadvantage to NHS patients would result. My officials are discussing with the representatives of general medical practitioners how this entitlement might be expressed in the health centre model licence (agreement).