§ Miss Widdecombe
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Kent contract for general practitioners conforms with the Statutory Instruments approved by Parliament.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
Some reports have appeared in the medical press which appear to suggest that Kent FPC is proposing to remunerate its GPs and modify its terms of service in accordance with a local contract rather than the contract approved by Parliament. Such suggestions are inaccurate. There is no question of any FPC drawing up an alternative contract to that set out in the NHS (General Medical and Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations as amended last year. Kent FPC has always understood that and is making its preparations on that basis.