HC Deb 16 April 2002 vol 383 c907W
Mrs. Helen Clark

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce compulsory home visits by GPs for elderly patients. [39455]

Jacqui Smith

We have no plans to vary the existing arrangements. General medical services general practitioners (GPs) must currently offer to make an annual home visit to all patients aged 75 years or over. GPs working within personal medical services are required to make arrangements which best meet the needs of the local population, including elderly patients, but the detail of the arrangements are a matter to be agreed locally as part of the Personal Medical Services pilot agreement.