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Doctors: Cambridgeshire

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors per 100,000 residents there were in (a) Peterborough and (b) Cambridgeshire in each year since 1997. (232362)

Information is not available in the format requested. The following table shows the number of general practitioners (GPs) per 100,000 population for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) for 2006 and 2007. Information is not available for the years prior to 2006 because the complex mergers of the old organisations that created these PCTs mean it is not possible to provide a consistent time series.

GPs (excluding retainers and registrars) per 100,000 population for specified organisations, 2006 and 2007




Peterborough PCT



Cambridgeshire PCT




1. Although PCTs serve a defined geographical area, hospital trusts are not defined in this way. Consequently it is not possible to give a figure for the number of hospital doctors per 100,000 population as it would only include those employed directly by the PCT and would be incomplete. Thus numbers provided here are for GPs only.

2. Peterborough PCT was created on 1 October 2006 from a complete merger of North Peterborough PCT and a part merger of South Peterborough PCT (Peterborough part). Cambridgeshire PCT was created on 1 October 2006 from a complete merger of Cambridge City PCT, East Cambridgeshire and Fenland PCT, Huntingdonshire PCT, South Cambridgeshire PCT and with a part merger of South Peterborough PCT (Cambridgeshire elements). Due to these part mergers of old PCTs to create these two organisations it is not possible to map figures back prior to 2006 and provide a consistent time series.

3. Data as at 30 September 2006 and 2007

4. Data Quality: Workforce statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and PCTs in England. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data. Processing methods and procedures are continually being updated to improve data quality. Where this happens any impact on figures already published will be assessed but unless this is significant at national level they will not be changed. Where there is impact only at detailed or local level this will be footnoted in relevant analyses.


The Information Centre for health, and social care: general and personal medical services statistics: and Office for National Statistics population figures: 2006-2007 mid-year estimates based on 2001 census.