No 18, Session 2003-04 11 May 2004
NEW INQUIRY- GP OUT-OF-HOURS SERVICES - TERMS OF REFERENCE
The Committee will undertake a short inquiry into the potential impact of the GP contract on the provision of Out-of-Hours services. In particular, this will include consideration of:
The general readiness of Primary Care Trusts to undertake their responsibilities with regard to Out-of-Hours services
The role of GP co-operatives
The role of NHS Direct
The potential impact on other NHS services, including community hospitals, minor injury units, GP clinics, and A&E services
Potential financial implications
Potential implications for quality of Out-of-Hours services, including rapidity of response, provision of backup and quality of patient care
Skill-mix within Out-of-Hours services
Arrangements for monitoring Out-of-Hours services
Implications for urban and rural populations
Organisations and individuals wishing to submit a short memorandum are invited to do so no later than Monday 7 June. Late memoranda will only be accepted at the Committee's discretion, and may not be considered for publication. Evidence sessions are likely to commence in June 2004 and a later press notice will give details of these.
A revised guide to preparing written evidence for the Health Committee is appended to this notice. The Committee requests that evidence should be concise and in the form of a self-contained memorandum, prepared according to the guidelines set out by the terms of reference given above and preferably submitted electronically to
[email protected] .
Please note that the Health Committee is unable to investigate individual cases.
The Health Committee is a Select Committee of the House of Commons. It is appointed under Standing Order No.152 to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Health and associated public bodies. The Committee has the power to send for persons, papers and records.
GUIDE TO SUBMITTING WRITTEN EVIDENCE
1 All organisations and individuals are welcome to submit written evidence.
2. Evidence should contain a brief introduction to the persons or organisations submitting it, and any factual information they have to offer from which the Committee might be able to draw conclusions.
3. Evidence should be structured along the lines of the terms of reference. Please arrange your material in sections which follow the terms of reference. If you wish to make any further points, please do so in a separate final section.
4. It can helpful if you include any recommendations for action by the Government or others which you would like the Committee to consider for inclusion in its Report.
5. Once written evidence has been submitted it becomes the property of the House of Commons and it is for the Committee to decide the manner and timing of its publication; those submitting written evidence may make their evidence public themselves; there is no objection to witnesses simply outlining the views expressed in it.
6. Evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Material published elsewhere may be referred to within a proposed memorandum.
7. Unless indicated otherwise it will be assumed that those submitting written evidence have no objection to it being made public by the Committee. If witnesses give oral evidence, copies of their written evidence will usually be made available to press and public at the hearing and treated as being in the public domain thereafter. Written evidence submitted by those not giving oral evidence will be made public by the Committee at the end of the inquiry, by publication or other means.
8. You may like to give an indication of your willingness to give oral evidence.
9. All evidence should be signed (where possible) and dated, with a note of the author's name and status, indicating whether the evidence is submitted on an individual or corporate basis.
GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN EVIDENCE (HARD COPY OR ELECTRONIC FORM)
Evidence should be in the form of a brief, self-contained memorandum, prefaced with a summary. It should be presented in numbered paragraphs.
Evidence submitted in electronic copy should:
be free of any inessential formatting - ie bold, underlining and italics should only be used where necessary
where possible be typed in Times New Roman, Font Size 11
be e-mailed to [email protected] The preferred format is Rich Text Format but Wordperfect or Word will be accepted. Please note that evidence submitted on a disk will not be accepted.
include the full postal address and contact details of sender
Evidence submitted in hard copy form should:
be on white A4 paper, including letterhead with full postal address and contact details on the first sheet. Please avoid colour printing
be in a form which is easy to photocopy
be stapled rather than bound
be a single copy
The text of Health Committee reports, minutes of evidence and press notices can be accessed through the Internet at Parliament's websites: www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/health_committee
Individuals will be kept informed of the progress of the Inquiry through regular press notices. The Health Committee Home page is also updated regularly and details the Health Committee's forthcoming meetings and current and future inquiries.
All individuals/organisations who submit written and/or oral evidence will be sent a copy of the Report, once published.