§ Mr. Frank Cook
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what steps are being taken by Her Majesty's Government to monitor the increased workloads of general practitioners and their consequential effects; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what steps are being taken to alleviate the adverse effects of increased workloads on general practitioners; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Newton
Each year the Government determine the intended average net remuneration for general medical practitioners on advice from the independent Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body which takes into account, amongst other things, evidence on workload, the increase in the number of general medical practitioners and the reducing average list size.
Last year the health Departments and the profession submitted a report of a joint survey into general medical practitioners' workload which the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body welcomed and took into account.