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General Practitioners

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of GP practices in (a) England and (b) each region were single-handed in each of the last five years. (88148)

The latest available information up to September 2005 is given in the following table. The data relate to strategic health authority areas in existence prior to 1 July 2006.

GP practices and single handed contracted and salaried GPs1 by strategic health authority, at 30 September 2001-05

numbers (headcount)

2001

2002

of which:

of which:

GP practices

Single handed

Percentage single handed

GP practices

Single handed

Percentage single handed

England

8,910

2,626

29.5

8,833

2,566

29.1

North East

408

86

21.1

407

83

20.4

Q10

County Durham and Tees Valley

168

35

20.8

169

37

21.9

Q09

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

240

51

21 3

238

46

19.3

North West

1,398

470

33.6

1,377

460

33.4

Q15

Cheshire and Merseyside

448

134

29.9

445

132

29.7

Q13

Cumbria and Lancashire

378

125

33.1

370

119

32.2

Q14

Greater Manchester

572

211

36.9

562

209

37.2

Yorkshire and the Humber

878

243

27.7

875

243

27.8

Q11

North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

265

70

26.4

266

74

27.8

Q23

South Yorkshire

229

59

25.8

226

62

27.4

Q12

West Yorkshire

384

114

29.7

383

107

27.9

East Midlands

653

145

22.2

648

143

22.1

Q25

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland

226

53

23.5

223

48

21.5

Q24

Trent

427

92

21.5

425

95

22.4

West Midlands

1,050

386

36.8

1,036

385

37.2

Q27

Birmingham and the Black Country

536

236

44.0

530

238

44.9

Q26

Shropshire and Staffordshire

272

105

38.6

267

100

37.5

Q28

West Midlands South

242

45

18.6

239

47

19.7

East of England

819

194

23.7

806

182

22.6

Q02

Bedford and Hertfordshire

231

54

23.4

230

52

22.6

Q03

Essex

279

96

34.4

275

93

33.8

Q01

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

309

44

142

301

37

123

London

1,713

739

43.1

1,696

722

42.6

Q05

North Central London

309

140

45.3

313

145

46.3

Q06

North East London

384

196

51.0

381

194

50.9

Q04

North West London

463

210

44.5

457

200

43.8

Q07

South East London

307

117

38.1

300

112

37.3

Q08

South West London

244

76

31.1

245

71

29.0

South East

1,224

266

21.7

1,224

256

20.9

Q18

Kent and Medway

308

118

38.3

302

113

37.4

Q19

Surrey and Sussex

380

82

21.6

379

72

19.0

Q16

Thames Valley

297

40

13.5

302

46

15.2

Q17

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

239

26

10.9

241

25

10.4

South West

767

97

12.6

764

92

12.0

Q20

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

328

46

14.0

326

41

12.6

Q22

Somerset and Dorset

185

22

11.9

185

22

11.9

Q21

South West Peninsula

254

29

11.4

253

29

11.5

numbers (headcount)

2003

2004

of which:

of which:

GP practices

Single handed

Percentage single handed

GP practices

Single handed

Percentage single handed

England

8,833

2,578

29.2

8,542

2,285

26.8

North East

409

91

22.2

406

91

22.4

Q10

County Durham and Tees Valley

168

37

22.0

169

35

20.7

Q09

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

241

54

22.4

237

56

23.6

North West

1,361

442

32.5

1,327

424

32.0

Q15

Cheshire and Merseyside

442

127

28.7

426

115

27.0

Q13

Cumbria and Lancashire

362

116

32.0

356

113

31.7

Q14

Greater Manchester

557

199

35.7

545

196

36.0

Yorkshire and the Humber

865

227

26.2

836

196

23.4

Q11

North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

262

66

25.2

253

56

22.1

Q23

South Yorkshire

222

58

26.1

219

55

25.1

Q12

West Yorkshire

381

103

27.0

364

85

23.4

East Midlands

645

138

21.4

635

124

19.5

Q25

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland

226

54

23.9

223

55

24.7

Q24

Trent

419

84

20.0

412

69

16.7

West Midlands

1,028

384

37.4

996

352

35.3

Q27

Birmingham and the Black Country

521

233

44.7

507

225

44.4

Q26

Shropshire and Staffordshire

270

104

38.5

255

84

32.9

Q28

West Midlands South

237

47

19.8

234

43

18.4

East of England

810

194

24.0

804

189

23.5

Q02

Bedford and Hertfordshire

232

54

23.3

231

52

22.5

Q03

Essex

275

102

37.1

273

106

38.8

Q01

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

303

38

125

300

31

103

London

1,752

768

43.8

1,607

606

37.7

Q05

North Central London

320

159

49.7

291

127

43.6

Q06

North East London

376

183

48.7

349

149

42.7

Q04

North West London

472

214

45.3

441

179

40.6

Q07

South East London

332

143

43.1

294

100

34.0

Q08

South West London

252

69

27.4

232

51

22.0

South East

1,209

254

21.0

1,180

225

19.1

Q18

Kent and Medway

296

106

35.8

290

107

36.9

Q19

Surrey and Sussex

379

76

20.1

367

64

17.4

Q16

Thames Valley

299

44

14.7

291

33

11.3

Q17

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

235

28

11.9

232

21

9.1

South West

754

80

10.6

751

78

10.4

Q20

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

326

36

11.0

323

37

11.5

Q22

Somerset and Dorset

176

15

8.5

176

13

7.4

Q21

South West Peninsula

252

29

11.5

252

28

11.1

number (headcount)

2005

of which:

GP practices

Single Handed

Percentage single handed

England

8,451

2,176

25.7

North East

404

85

21.0

Q10

County Durham and Tees Valley

170

33

19.4

Q09

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

234

52

22.2

North West

1,303

410

31.5

Q15

Cheshire and Merseyside

425

115

27.1

Q13

Cumbria and Lancashire

348

113

32.5

Q14

Greater Manchester

530

182

34.3

Yorkshire and the Humber

826

183

22.2

Q11

North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

253

55

21.7

Q23

South Yorkshire

218

54

24.8

Q12

West Yorkshire

355

74

20.8

East Midlands

630

117

18.6

Q25

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland

223

53

23.8

Q24

Trent

407

64

15.7

West Midlands

989

347

35.1

Q27

Birmingham and the Black Country

500

219

43.8

Q26

Shropshire and Staffordshire

257

87

33.9

Q28

West Midlands South

232

41

17.7

East of England

802

167

20.8

Q02

Bedford and Hertfordshire

227

48

21.1

Q03

Essex

277

95

34.3

Q01

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

298

24

8.1

London

1,591

574

36.1

Q05

North Central London

287

120

41.8

Q06

North East London

345

148

42.9

Q04

North West London

436

175

40.1

Q07

South East London

292

32

28.1

Q08

South West London

231

49

21.2

South East

1,160

220

19.0

Q18

Kent and Medway

286

106

37.1

Q19

Surrey and Sussex

363

61

16.8

Q16

Thames Valley

280

27

9.6

Q17

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

231

26

11.3

South West

746

73

9.8

Q20

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

319

32

10.0

Q22

Somerset and Dorset

176

14

8.0

Q21

South West Peninsula

251

27

10.8

1 A single handed contracted and salaried GP is one who has no partners, although they may have a GMS/PMS other, GP registrar or GP retainer.

Note:

Data are estimated based on 2006 organisational structure.

Source:

The information centre for health and social care general and personal medical services statistics.