HC Deb 04 November 2003 vol 412 cc591-2W
Mr. Rendel

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department provides for phlebotomy services in general practice. [135984]

Mr. Hutton

Near-patient testing—including phlebotomy—in general practice depends on ensuring that there are enough doctors with the right support. We have just seen the biggest year-on-year increase in the number of GPs for 20 years, and they are supported by more practice nurses and other health care professionals than ever before.

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