§ 87. Mr. Michael
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received from general practitioners in Wales regarding the problem of excessive night-time calls; and what response he has made.
§ Mr. Nicholas Bennett
Since the introduction of the revised contract for GPs, one letter has been received from a GP in Wales about increased demand for night visits to patients.620W
The reply explained that the GPs' remuneration system has been revised to reward those doctors who provide the fullest range of services to their patients. This includes paying a higher fee where doctors undertake night visits to their patients personally, rather than using a deputising service or a large rota.