HC Deb 12 March 2003 vol 401 c341W
Mr. Amess

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review the regulations concerning the declaration of vacancies for general practitioners. [100318]

Mr. Hutton

Under proposals for a new general medical services contract, practices will have the flexibility to introduce new partners or employ the staff they need in order to meet their needs and the needs of their patients. If general practitioners vote to accept the contract, the existing system of statutory vacancies will be replaced with these new arrangements.