HC Deb 03 December 2001 vol 376 c123W
Mr. Andrew Turner

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of establishing primary care groups has been. [17681]

Mr. Hutton

The establishment of primary care groups was funded using moneys released by the abolition of general practitioner fundholding. The previous Government had set aside an annual budget of £180 million to run fundholding. We have used those moneys both to set up primary care groups and to improve services to patients. Approximately £150 million additional moneys was used following the establishment of primary care groups.

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