HC Deb 17 December 2001 vol 377 c164W
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve the retention of general practitioners in the national health service. [20658]

Mr. Hutton

We are improving retention in general practice by developing policies designed to improve working lives. Measures include increasing general practitioner numbers, improving the standard of GP premises, cutting bureaucracy, introducing an occupational health service for GPs and their staff and adopting a range of family friendly policies. We are working with the profession to identify further measures to boost GP numbers and make general practice a better place to work.