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Health: Patients per Doctor

Volume 704: debated on Monday 13 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many patients per doctor there are in (a) England; (b) Wales; (c) Scotland; (d) Northern Ireland; and (e) each other member state of the European Union. [HL5336]

There are 420 patients per doctor (all hospital doctors and all general practitioners (GPs) (excluding retainers)) in England.

There are 1,606 patients per GP (excluding retainers and registrars) in England.

Figures for other parts of the United Kingdom are matters for devolved Administrations, and figures for the European Union are not collected. However, figures on the number of GPs per 10,000 population are available. The table containing these figures is shown below:

GPs per 10,000 population

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Wales

6.2

6.2

6.2

6.2

6.3

6.3

6.5

England

5.8

5.9

6.1

6.3

6.5

6.5

6.5

Scotland

7.6

7.7

7.8

7.8

8.0

8.1

8.2

Northern Ireland

6.3

6.3

6.3

6.3

6.3

6.4

6.4

Source: GMS Census