HC Deb 08 April 1998 vol 310 cc368-9W
Dr. Starkey

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include midwives in the recommended structure of primary care groups. [38194]

Mr. Boateng

We have made clear in the White PaperThe New NHS and in the guidance we have issued on establishing primary care groups, that we expect all community nurses and general practitioners to work together in partnership if the new arrangements are to succeed. Community nurses will also be represented in the governing arrangements of the primary care groups but it is a matter for community nurses locally, working with their health authority and general practitioners, to decide exactly how they will be represented.