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Family Practitioner Services

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) GPs, (b) dentists, (c) optometrists and (d) pharmacies there were in (i) England and (ii) each English region in each of the last three years; and how many this equated to per 100,000 resident population in each category. (194593)

The number of general practitioners (GPs) in England, each strategic health authority in each of the last three years and how many this equated to per 100,000 resident population in each category, has been placed in the Library.

The number of national health service dentists and persons per dentist in England, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2006 are available in annex E and F of the “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006” report. The information is provided by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT). This information is based on the old contractual arrangements which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006.

This report, published on 23 August 2006 is available in the Library and is also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/dentistry/nhs-dental-activity-and-workforce-report-england-31-march-2006

The number of dentists, and number of dentists by population, on open NHS contracts, in England, as at 30 June 2006, 30 September 2006, 31 December 2006, and 31 March 2007 are available in table E1 of annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2006-07” report. This information is provided by PCT and by SHA.

This report, published on 23 August 2007, is available in the Library and is also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dental0607

Information on the number of ophthalmic practitioners (OPs) in England is provided in table 1 of the “General Ophthalmic Services: Workforce Statistics for England and Wales, 31 December 2006” report. The information is provided as at 31 December, 1996 to 2006. The information is provided by type of practitioner. This report was published on 31 July 2007 and is available in the Library and is also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/eye-care/general-ophthalmic-services:-workforce-statistics-for-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-december-2006

Information on the number of OPs in England as at 31 December 2006 is also provided in annex 3, table 1, of the aforementioned report. This information is provided by type of practitioner and by PCT.

Information on the number of OPs in England as at 31 December 2005 is provided in table 10, annex A of the “General Ophthalmic Services: Statistical Bulletin – Ophthalmic Statistics for England, 1996-97 to 2005-06” report. This information is provided by PCT.

This report, published on 24 October 2006, has been placed in the Library and is available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/opticians/general-ophthalmic-services:-statistical-bulletin-ophthalmic-statistics-for-england-1996-97-2005-06

Information on the number of OPs in England as at 31 December 2004 is provided in table 9 of the “General Ophthalmic Services: Consultation tables for England, Wales and Scotland, 2004-05” report. This information is provided by PCT. This table also includes information on the number of OPs per 10,000 of the population.

This report, published on 30 November 2005, has been placed in the Library and is available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/opticians/general-ophthalmic-services:-consultation-tables-nhs-sight-tests-vouchers-workforce-premises-2004-2005

The following shows data for the number of pharmacies there were in England, each SHA in each of the last three years and how many this equated to per 100,000 resident population in each category.

Community pharmacies in contract with PCTs at 31 March and population by SHA, England, 2004-05

SHA by region

Number of community pharmacies1

Population June 20032 (Thousand)

Pharmacies per million population

England

39,742

49,856

195

North East

512

2,539

200

County Durham and Tees Valley

212

1,147

181

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

300

1,392

215

North West

1,475

6,837

215

Cheshire and Merseyside

530

2,355

225

Cumbria and Lancashire

403

1,919

209

Greater Manchester

542

2,564

211

Yorkshire and the Humber

969

5,007

193

North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

302

1,638

184

South Yorkshire

250

1,273

196

West Yorkshire

417

2,096

199

East Midlands

749

4,173

180

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland

290

1,531

190

Trent

459

2,642

173

West Midlands

1,063

5,320

200

Birmingham and the Black Country

523

2,273

231

Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire

273

1,550

176

Shropshire and Staffordshire

267

1,496

178

East

941

5,476

172

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

315

1,615

195

Essex

282

1,630

173

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

344

2,232

154

London

1,743

7,388

237

North Central London

300

1,220

246

North East London

352

1,531

230

North West London

488

1,815

269

South East London

319

1,512

212

South West London

284

1,310

219

South East

1,395

8,111

172

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

298

1,797

166

Kent and Medway

267

1,600

167

Surrey and Sussex

487

2,559

190

Thames Valley

343

2,155

159

South West

895

5,005

179

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

377

2,197

172

Dorset and Somerset

217

1,207

178

South West Peninsula

301

1,601

188

1 Number of pharmacies at 31 March 2005.

2 Population figures for 2003 based on estimates from 2001 data.

3 The total number of pharmacies in England at 31 March 2005 was revised to 9,736 in the 2006 publication, revised SHA figures were not published.

Source:

General Pharmaceutical Services in England and Wales 1995-96 to 2004-05.

Community pharmacies in contract with PCTs at 31 March and population by SHA, England, 2005-06

SHA by region

Number of community pharmacies

Population June 2003 (Thousand)

Pharmacies per 100,000 population

England

9,872

50,093

20

North East

514

2,545

20

County Durham and Tees Valley

210

1,149

18

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

304

1,396

22

North West

1,498

6,860

22

Cheshire and Merseyside

537

2,358

23

Cumbria and Lancashire

405

1,930

21

Greater Manchester

556

2,572

22

Yorkshire and the Humber

996

5,037

20

North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

302

1,650

18

South Yorkshire

261

1,278

20

West Yorkshire

433

2,108

21

East Midlands

759

4,199

18

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland

294

1,541

19

Trent

465

2,658

17

West Midlands

1,080

5,334

20

Birmingham and the Black Country

531

2,275

23

Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire

278

1,559

18

Shropshire and Staffordshire

271

1,500

18

East

953

5,505

17

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

319

1,618

20

Essex

285

1,636

17

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

349

2,251

16

London

1,738

7,429

23

North Central London

298

1,228

24

North East London

353

1,531

23

North West London

479

1,834

26

South East London

322

1,514

21

South West London

286

1,321

22

South East

1,418

8,141

17

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

304

1,801

17

Kent and Medway

274

1,610

17

Surrey and Sussex

493

2,566

19

Thames Valley

347

2,164

16

South West

916

5,044

18

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

389

2,212

18

Dorset and Somerset

222

1,213

18

South West Peninsula

305

1,619

19

Source:

General Pharmaceutical Services in England and Wales 2005-06.

Community pharmacies in contract with PCT/local health bodies at 31 March, and population by SHA in England, 2006-07

Strategic health authority from 1 October 2006

Number of community pharmacies

Population mid-2006 (Thousand)

Pharmacies per 100,000 population 2006-07

England

10,133

50,763

20

North East

527

2,556

21

North West

1,551

6,887

23

Yorkshire and the Humber

1,036

5,140

20

East Midlands

785

4,333

18

West Midlands

1,110

5,367

21

East of England

986

5,607

18

London

1,762

7,512

23

South Central

660

3,995

17

South East Coast

787

4,237

19

South West

929

5,130

18

Source:

General Pharmaceutical Services in England and Wales 2006-07.