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Doctors: Manpower

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) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each year since 1997. (231926)

Information is not available in the format requested. The following table shows the number of general practitioners (GPs) per 100,000 population for health authorities (HAs) and primary care trusts (PCTs) in Hertfordshire and for Hertfordshire as a whole in each year since 1997.

GPs (excluding retainers and registrars) per 100,000 population in Hertfordshire, 1997 to 2007

Headcount

Area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

East and North Hertfordshire HA

57.3

59.0

57.8

56.0

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

West Hertfordshire HA

56.7

57.1

57.3

57.7

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

East and North Hertfordshire PCT

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

56.4

56.3

57.4

59.8

60.8

60.1

59.8

West Hertfordshire PCT

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

60.0

60.9

61.7

63.5

64.9

65.8

65.9

Hertfordshire (total)

57.0

58.0

57.5

56.9

58.2

58.6

59.6

61.6

62.9

62.9

62.8

n/a = not applicable

Notes:

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

2. East and North Hertfordshire PCT was created on 1 October 2006 from a complete merger of North Hertfordshire and Stevenage PCT, Royston, Buntingford and Bishop's Stortford PCT, South East Hertfordshire PCT and Welwyn Hatfield PCT. West Hertfordshire PCT was created on 1 October 2006 from a complete merger of Dacorum PCT, Hertsmere PCT, St Albans and Harpenden PCT and Watford and Three Rivers PCT. Data for the years 2001-2005 in the table have been presented using the 2006 format for purposes of presentation and comparison.

3. Prior to the existence of PCTs, in the years 1997-2000 Hertfordshire was served by East and North Hertfordshire HA and West Hertfordshire HA.

4. Data for Hemel Hempstead are not available. Data are available for trusts and PCTs that provide or provided services within the Hemel Hempstead constituency.

5. Data at 1 October 1997-99 and 30 September 2000-07.

6. Data quality: Work force statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 national health service trusts and PCTs in England. The Information Centre 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.

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care: general and personal medical services statistics; and Office for National Statistics population figures: 1997-2000 mid-year estimates based on 1991 census, 2001-2007 mid-year estimates based on 2001 census.