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General Practice in England

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to act on the findings and recommendations of the Audit Commission report "A Focus on General Practice in England". [172734]

Mr. Hutton: "A Focus on General Practice in England" did not make recommendations. The findings of this baseline study of general practice undertaken during the negotiations between the NHS Confederation and the general practitioners committee of the British Medical Association for a new contract for general medical services did, however, inform those negotiations. The new contract that came into effect on 1 April will make sure that the money going into general practice matches the needs of patients, enable general practitioners to control their work load while incentivising high quality care; and the new quality and outcomes framework will ensure that all patients can benefit from the same high quality care.

General Practitioners

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there are per head in each primary care trust in England. [172828]

Mr. Hutton: Information on the number of general practitioners per 100,000 patients in each primary care trust in England, as at September 2003, has been placed in the Library.

Mr. Hurst: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for NHS patients to be given a first appointment with a general practitioner was in each year from 1974 to 2003. [173634]

Mr. Hutton: These data are not collected centrally. However, available information shows that in March 2004 some 97 per cent. of the population could be seen by a general practitioner within two working days. This compares with about 75 per cent. in March 2002, which was the first year in which these data were collected.

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there have been per head in Brent, East in each year since 1997. [172822]

Mr. Hutton: General practitioner services for people living in Brent are currently provided by Brent Primary Care Trust, part of North West London strategic health authority. Prior to 2001, these services were provided by Brent and Harrow health authority.

The table shows the number of general practitioners there have been in the Brent area since 1997.
 
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Practitioners (excluding GP Retainers but including GP Registrars)(9) per 100,000 patients of Unrestricted Principals and Equivalents (UPEs(10) for North West London SHA and specified organisations, 1997–2003
Number (headcount)

1997
1998
All practitioners (excluding GP Retainers)Patients of UPEsPractitioners per 100,000 UPE patientsAll practitioners (excluding GP Retainers)Patients of UPEsPractitioners per 100,000 UPE patients
Q04 North West London1,2092,031,706601,1882,011,39459
Of which:
4JC46 Brent Central
4XW97 Brent North
4EF26 Brent South
5K5 Brent PCT
5HX Ealing PCT
5H1 Hammersmith and Fulham
5K6 Harrow PCT
5AT Hillingdon PCT
5HY Hounslow PCT
5LA Kensington and Chelsea PCT
5LC Westminster PCT

1999
2000
All practitioners (excluding GP Retainers)Patients of UPEsPractitioners per 100,000 UPE patientsAll practitioners (excluding GP Retainers)Patients of UPEsPractitioners per 100,000 UPE patients
Q04 North West London1,1341,881,696601,1252,004,91556
Of which:
4JC46 Brent Central4793,074505095,79052
4XW97 Brent North65108,6926064113,02957
4EF26 Brent South6379,638795798,80158
5K5 Brent PCT
5HX Ealing PCT
5H1 Hammersmith and Fulham
5K6 Harrow PCT
5AT Hillingdon PCT
5HY Hounslow PCT
5LA Kensington and Chelsea PCT
5LC Westminster PCT

2001
2002
All practitioners (excluding GP Retainers)Patients of UPEsPractitioners per 100,000 UPE patientsAll practitioners (excluding GP Retainers)Patients of UPEsPractitioners per 100,000 UPE patients
Q04 North West London
Of which:
4JC46 Brent Central
4XW97 Brent North
4EF26 Brent South
5K5 Brent PCT184320,64957197347,89057
5HX Ealing PCT198360,06455195352,58355
5H1 Hammersmith and Fulham105180,94958106186,74157
5K6 Harrow PCT142259,16855121221,67555
5AT Hillingdon PCT138254,20454137253,08754
5HY Hounslow PCT123240,17351118248,17148
5LA Kensington and Chelsea PCT124178,45569132189,30770
5LC Westminster PCT136232,81658133241,26555

2003
All practitioners (excluding GP Retainers)Patients of UPEsPractitioners per 100,000 UPE patients
Q04 North West London
Of which:
4JC46 Brent Central
4XW97 Brent North
4EF26 Brent South
5K5 Brent PCT205344,05960
5HX Ealing PCT194355,53555
5H1 Hammersmith and Fulham96183,l6152
5K6 Harrow PCT146223,94765
5AT Hillingdon PCT139256,18854
5HY Hounslow PCT133240,69855
5LA Kensington and Chelsea PCT120165,86072
5LC Westminster PCT143202,60971


(9)   All Practitioners (excluding GP Retainers) include GMS Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs, PMS Salaried GPs, Restricted Principals, Assistants, GP Registrars, Salaried Doctors (Para 52 SFA). PMS Other, GP Retainers. Flexible Career Scheme GPs and GP Returners
(10)   UPEs include GMS Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs and PMS Salaried GPs.
Note:
Data as at 1 October 1997–99, 30 September 2000–03
Source:
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics





 
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All practitioners (excluding GP Retainers)(11) per 100,000 patients of Unrestricted Principals and Equivalents (UPEs)(12)for Brent and Harrow HA: 1997–2003

Brent and Harrow HANumber (headcount)
1997
All practitioners (excluding GP Retainers)324
Patients of UPEs554,018
Practitioners per 100,000 UPE patients58
1998
All practitioners (excluding GP Retainers)333
Patients of UPEs561,395
Practitioners per 100,000 UPE patients59
1999
All practitioners (excluding GP Retainers)311
Patients of UPEs516,923
Practitioners per 100,000 UPE patients60
2000
All practitioners (excluding GP Retainers)306
Patients of UPEs560,206
Practitioners per 100,000 UPE patients55
2001
All practitioners (excluding GP Retainers)326
Patients of UPEs579,817
Practitioners per 100,000 UPE patients56


(11) All Practitioners (excluding GP Retainers) include GMS Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs, PMS Salaried GPs, Restricted Principals, Assistants, GP Registrars, Salaried Doctors (Para 52 SFA). PMS Other. GP Retainers. Flexible Career Scheme GPs and GP Returners
(12) UPEs include GMS Unrestricted Principals. PMS Contracted GPs and PMS Salaried GPs.
Note:
Data as at 1 0ctober 1997–99
Source:
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics




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