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General Practitioners

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of GP practices in each of the regions had at least 50 per cent. of their patients living three or more miles away in each of the last two years. (158909)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of GP practices in each of the regions was single-handed in each of the last two years. (158911)

We understand that information is requested in relation to regions of Northern Ireland and England. The Department does not hold information on the numbers of single-handed practices in Northern Ireland. However, information for strategic health authority (SHA) areas in England is provided in the following table.

Number of single handed general practitioner (GP) providers1 in England by SHA, as at 30 September 2005 and 2006

2005

2006

Of which:

Of which:

Number of partnerships

Single handed

Percentage single handed

Number of partnerships

Single handed

Percentage single handed

England

8,451

2,176

26

8,325

2,222

27

Q30

North East

404

85

21

396

80

20

Q31

North West

1,303

410

31

1,285

403

31

Q32

Yorkshire and the Humber

826

183

22

817

183

22

Q33

East Midlands

630

117

19

621

120

19

Q34

West Midlands

989

347

35

968

330

34

Q35

East of England

802

167

21

778

173

22

Q36

London

1,591

574

36

1,579

633

40

Q37

South East Coast

649

167

26

638

159

25

Q38

South Central

511

53

10

500

55

11

Q39

South West

746

73

10

743

86

12

1 A single handed GP provider is one that has no partners, although they may employ a GP other (salaried GP), GP registrar or GP retainer. Source: The Information Centre for health and social care general and personal medical services statistics