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General Practitioners: Public Participation

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses his Department received to the GP patient access survey, “Your doctor, your experience, your say” in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08; and what the response rate was in each year. (200889)

In 2006-07, the first year of the general practitioner patient survey, Ipsos MORI, which conduct, the survey on behalf of the Department, received a total of 2,295,987 valid responses from a total sample of 5,220,482, a response rate of 44 per cent. overall.

Survey data for 2007-08 are currently being processed and remain restricted and unavailable until official publication by the Information Centre for health and social care. Publication has been confirmed for the week commencing 14 July 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners failed to achieve the (a) minimum and (b) maximum percentage response of “yes” to access questions as part of the GP patient access survey “Your doctor, your experience, your say” survey, in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05, (iii) 2005-06, (iv) 2006-07 and (v) 2007-08, broken down by primary care trust. (200892)

The first year in which the general practitioner patient survey was conducted was 2006-07. The number of primary medical care contractors in England who failed to achieve the minimum and maximum percentage responses of “yes” to the access questions have been placed in the Library. The table gives the breakdown by primary care trust. The survey does not apply in Wales.

The survey data for 2007-08 are currently being processed by Ipsos MORI, the appointed survey provider, and remain restricted and unavailable until official publication by the Information Centre for health and social care. Publication has been confirmed for the week commencing 14 July 2008.