Mr. Robert Ainsworth
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what advice: she offers fund-holding general practitioners on how to reduce the cost of hospital treatment required by their patients;
(2) to what extent she expects a fund-holding general practitioner to follow his patient's wishes with regard to the choice of hospital to which they are sent for treatment;
(3) what advice she has given to fund-holding general practitioner's with regard to the number of hospitals they hold contracts with.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
General practitioner fundholders are able to purchase services on behalf of their patients and, in consultation with them, from whichever hospital offers the best quality care and value for money.