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General Practitioners: Manpower

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs his Department estimates will be working in the NHS in (a) April 2009 and (b) April 2010; and how many NHS GPs there were at the latest date for which figures are available. (203398)

At 30 September 2007 there were 33,364 general practitioners (GPs) (excluding GP retainers, GP registrars and locums) in the national health service, an increase of 273 (0.8 per cent.) from 2006.

It is for primary care trusts (PCTs), working locally, to determine the precise workforce requirements for services. More GPs will be needed for the new GP-led health centres and for the new practices in deprived areas. PCTs will be procuring through the new GP practices and health centres during 2008-09 up to 900 extra GPs, nurses and health care assistants.