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Gp Patient Lists

Volume 116: debated on Monday 11 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in the Official Report such information as is available to him on the discrepancies between general practitioners' patient lists and the population figures; and if he will make a statement.

Information on general practitioners' patient list sizes in relation to population figures is as follows.The list size figures, which are provisional and are as at 1 October 1986, are taken from information provided by health boards to the Common Services Agency of the National Health Service. The population figures are taken from provisional estimates by the General Register Office (Scotland) and are as at 30 June 1986.Discrepancies between list sizes and population figures arise from a number of factors including the time taken to record the transfer of a patient who moves from one health board area to another and that involved in notifying the death of a patient and the subsequent removal of that patient's name from the appropriate list.

Health boardList sizePopulation
Argyll and Clyde459,805445,328
Ayrshire and Arran397,967374,814
Dumfries and Galloway151,814146,770
Forth Valley290,903271,819
Greater Glasgow1,068,906959,839
Western Isles31,42431,494