HC Deb 26 March 1993 vol 221 c751W
Ms Primarolo

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the cost of first and second wave general practitioner fund-holding in 1991–92, broken down into(a) general practitioner fund-holding management fee, (b) general practitioner fund-holding underspend, (c) general practitioner fund-holding computer costs, (d) administrative costs to the (i) family health services authority, (ii) district health authority, (iii) regional health authority and (iv) her Department and the management executive (e) administrative costs to trusts, (f) Audit Commission costs and (g) the cost of primary care team time.

Dr. Mawhinney

The information available centrally isas follows:

  1. (a) £14 million in fund holders' management allowance costs was reimbursed in 1991–92.
  2. (b) Fund holder underspends are not a cost but a saving from the fund-holding budget. These savings will be spent for the benefit of patients. They amounted to some £17 million in 1991–92, of which £3.5 million has been channelled into extra funds for district health authorities to spend on all patients.
  3. (c) £11.6 million in computer costs was reimbursed to fund holders in 1991–92.
  4. (d) (e) and (f) These costs are not separately available for fund holding.
  5. (g) The cost of primary care team time is already allowed for in the management allowance.

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