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General Practitioners

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs are registered as having a special interest, broken down by specialty. (165655)

The number of general practitioners (GPs) registered as having a special interest (GPSIs) as at 30 June 2007 was 1,752. We have no data on the numbers by specialty.

The data on the number of GPSIs is collected quarterly from all primary care trusts using the Quarterly Activity Return and it provides the numbers as at the last day of the quarter. The latest available data are for June 2007.

Source:

Department of Health Quarterly Activity Return Commissioner based.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to encourage GPs to give more detailed advice on self-management programmes to patients with long-term conditions. (177050)

We have no steps to specifically encourage general practitioners (GPs) to give more detailed advice on self-management programmes to patients with long-term conditions. However, the National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions sets out the quality requirement for a person-centred service to support those living with long-term conditions in managing their condition, maintaining independence and achieving the best possible quality of life. To become full partners in care, patients need information, advice, education and support. GPs have a key role to play in meeting these needs.