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General Practitioners and Dentists: Lists of Patients

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average practice list size was for (a) GPs and (b) dentists in each of the regions in each of the last two years. (158910)

The average general practitioner partnership list size by strategic health authority (SHA) in England, as at 30 September 2005 and 2006 is shown in the following table. The Department does not collect this data for Northern Ireland regions.

Registration is not part of the existing national health service dental system. Many dentists continue to keep practice level information on their current patient ‘ list’ but this information is not centrally reported and therefore not available.

Information is available showing the number of dentists on open NHS contracts per head of population. The latest information was published by The Information Centre for health and social care as Annex 3 Table El of NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2006-07 which is available in the Library and is also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/dentistry/nhs-dental-statistics-2006-07

Average partnership list size by SHA in England, as at 30 September 2005 and 2006

2005

2006

Number of partnerships

Registered patients

Average patients per partnership

Number of partnerships

Registered patients

Average patients per partnership

England

8,451

52,817,500

6,250

8,325

53,283,787

6,400

Q30

North East

404

2,626,296

6,501

396

2,636,773

6,659

Q31

North West

1,303

7,147,635

5,486

1,285

7,219,728

5,618

Q32

Yorkshire and the Humber

826

5,260,062

6,368

817

5,310,906

6,500

Q33

East Midlands

630

4,346,153

6,899

621

4,426,994

7,129

Q34

West Midlands

989

5,613,419

5,676

968

5,629,001

5,815

Q35

East of England

802

5,729,779

7,144

778

5,755,696

7,398

Q36

London

1,591

8,309,123

5,223

1,579

8,445,425

5,349

Q37

South East Coast

649

4,375,551

6,742

638

4,424,349

6,935

Q38

South Central

511

4,169,337

8,159

500

4,159,688

8,319

Q39

South West

746

5,240,145

7,024

743

5,275,227

7,100

Sources: The Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics