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General Practitioners: Leeds

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) GPs and (b) dentists were practising in Leeds, North-West constituency in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available. (322698)

The number of general practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars) practising within the former Leeds health authority and the Leeds primary care trust (PCT) area for 1997 and the latest date at which data is available is shown in the following table.




Leeds Health Authority



Leeds PCT



n/a = Not applicable.


1. Data is not available at constituency level. Leeds PCT was created on 1 October 2006 from a complete merger of East Leeds PCT, Leeds North East PCT, Leeds North West PCT, Leeds West PCT and South Leeds PCT. Prior to 2002 Leeds was serviced by the Leeds Health Authority. This Health Authority may not map completely into the newly formed PCTs but has been provided here as background and appears consistent with subsequent aggregated PCT figures.

2. Data as at 1 October 1997 and 30 September 2008.

3. Data Quality: The NHS Information Centre for health and social care seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data but responsibility for data accuracy lies with the organisations providing the data. Methods are continually being updated to improve data quality where changes impact on figures already published. This is assessed but unless it is significant at national level figures are not changed. Impact at detailed or local level is footnoted in relevant analyses.


The NHS Information Centre for health and social care general and personal medical services statistics

The numbers of national health service dentists, as at 31 March 1997 to 2006 are available in Annex E and Annex G of the NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006. Annex E provides information by strategic health authority (SHA) and by PCT. Annex G provides information by constituency.

This information is based on the old contractual arrangements, which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006. This report, published on 23 August 2006, has already been placed in the Library and is available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

The numbers of dentists with NHS activity during the years ending 31 March 2007, 2008 and 2009 are available in Table G1 of Annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2008-09 report. Information is provided for England and by SHA and PCT but is not available by constituency. This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006. This report, published on 19 August 2009, has already been placed in the Library and is also available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

Following a recent consultation exercise, this measure is based on a revised methodology and therefore supersedes any previously published workforce figures relating to the new dental contractual arrangements. It is not comparable to the information collected under the old contractual arrangements. This revised methodology counted the number of dental performers with NHS activity recorded via FP17 claim forms in each year ending 31 March.

These published figures relate to a headcount and do not differentiate between full-time and part-time dentists, nor do they account for the fact that some dentists may do more NHS work than others.