HC Deb 18 March 1997 vol 292 c582W
Mr. Congdon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) GPs and (b) GP practices the Government estimate will become fundholders from April 1997; and what projections he has made for subsequent years.[20371]

Mr. Malone

A total of 1,714 general practitioners in 646 practices will join the fundholding scheme on 1 April this year. This will give a total of 15,137 GP fundholders in 4,381 practices. This means that 58 per cent. of people in England will have a fundholder as their GP from this April.

GPs have until 31 July 1997 to apply to join the eighth wave of GP fundholding.

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