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General Practitioners

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of GP practices in each of the regions had at least 50 per cent. of their patients living three or more miles away in the last year. (240540)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of GP practices in each of the regions was single-handed in each of the last two years. (240541)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average practice list size was for (a) GPs and (b) dentists in each region in each of the last two years. (240542)

The average general practice list size, by strategic health authority (SHA), as at 30 September 2007 is shown in the following table.

Average general practice list size by SHA as at 30 September 2007

Total number of general practitioners practices

Average practice list size

North East

394

6,681

North West

1,272

5,679

Yorkshire and Humber

807

6,603

East Midlands

627

7,134

West Midlands

965

5,890

East of England

769

7,417

London

1,546

5,441

South East Coast

644

6,918

South Central

503

8,363

South West

734

7,252

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics

The Department does not collect these data for the Northern Ireland regions.

List size data for dental practices are not held centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to page 113 of the 2008 Pre-Budget Report, Cm 7484, what the location is of each GP surgery to be upgraded into a training practice; (241106)

(2) with reference to page 113 of the 2008 Pre-Budget Report, Cm 7484, how the £100 million for upgrading GP surgeries to training practices will be allocated.

These are early days and quite rightly no full and final decisions have been made yet. The decisions need to be made with the full involvement of all parties concerned, and we will ensure that this happens, so that we achieve the maximum benefits and direct investment to address health inequalities.