§ Mr. Parry
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what information is available about the problems of access to good quality primary health care in the Liverpool special areas.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The statistics routinely collected by the Department include information on a number of aspects of primary health care, such as average list sizes for GPs, the proportion of GPs in group practices or in health centres, and the numbers of community nursing staff. These figures alone, however, do not make it possible for us to attempt a judgment of the quality of care or ease of access to primary health care.