§ Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish details of the formula used to calculate the moneys(a) paid to GP fund holders, (b) the data collection methods used to inform the actual distribution of moneys and (c) any changes to either (a) or (b) she plans.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
The methodology for setting general practitioner fund holders' 1993–94 budgets was published in EL 92(83) "General Practice Fundholding: Guidance on setting budgets for 1993–94", a copy of which is in the Library.
The responsibility for setting budgets rests with regional health authorities who organise data collection locally. We have no immediate plans to change the way budgets are set but will keep this under review.