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General Practitioners

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England were seen by a general practitioner in each year since 1997. (321580)

Figures on the numbers of patients who were seen by a general practitioner (GP) are not collected. Data on the estimated number of GP consultations, based on a sample, in England and the number of GPs in England are available and shown as follows. Data on estimated annual number of consultations per GP have been calculated by dividing the estimated number of GP consultations in England by the number of GPs in England. Estimates broken down by strategic health authorities, primary care trusts or MPs' constituencies are also not available.

Estimated number of GP consultations in England per year

Number of GPs in England1

Estimated annual number of consultations per GP in England

1997

163,200,000

28,046

5,819

1998

158,200,000

28,251

5,600

1999

155,500,000

28,467

5,462

2000

155,100,000

28,593

5,424

2001

161,900,000

28,802

5,621

2002

162,100,000

29,202

5,551

2003

168,900,000

30,358

5,564

2004

170,900,000

31,523

5,421

2005

175,400,000

32,738

5,358

2006

181,400,000

33,091

5,482

2007

185,300,000

33,364

5,554

2008

189,000,000

34,010

5,557

1 Headcount—excluding registrars and retainers. Source: NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care/QResearch: Trends in Consultations Rates in General Practice 1995 to 2008: Analysis of the QResearch Database. The Information Centre for Health and Social Care, General and Personal Medical Services Statistics: Data as at 1 October 1997-99 and 30 September from 2000 onwards.

These data are published at the following websites:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/general-practice/trends-in-consultation-rates-in-general-practice--1995-2009

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/workforce/nhs-staff-numbers