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Consultation Costs

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the average cost of a consultation at a (a) general practitioner surgery, (b) minor injuries unit, (c) walk-in centre and (d) accident and emergency department. [92036]

Andy Burnham: The Department does not collect the costs and volumes of general practitioner (GP) activity levels.

The following table shows data for national average reported costs for attendances at:


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Reference costs code A and E services National average unit cost (£)

V100MI

Discrete MIU (3)

37

V100WIFA

Walk in centres (first attendance only)

27

V01-V08

24-hour A and E department (4)

87

V100MC

Non-24-hour A and E department/casualty department

32

Notes: 1. Figures are for 2004-05, as reported by NHS providers in the 2004-05 reference cost collection. 2 Reference costs data for these services are reported on a full absorption costing basis per attendance and so include both direct costs, e.g. staff costs, and indirect costs, e.g. overheads. 3. Data for MIU are for discrete units only. Where a MIU forms part of the 24-hour A and E department, the costs and activity are reported as part of the 24-hour A and E department. 4. Data for 24-hour A and E department is the weighted average unit cost for all 24-hour A and E department activity. This includes the cost of patients who are dead on arrival.

Health Services (Cornwall)

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that funding for health services in Cornwall better reflects the rurality factor. [94275]

Andy Burnham: Revenue allocations are made to primary care trusts (PCTs) on a weighted-capitation formula that directs funding towards areas of greatest need.

The allocation formula introduced in 2003-04, and used in the 2006-08 allocations, provides the best available measure of health need in all areas. In calculating health need in rural areas it takes account of the effects of access, transport and poverty.

The Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA) continuously oversees the development of the weighted-capitation formula. ACRA is an independent body made up of national health service managers, academics and general practitioners. ACRA has looked at the issue of rurality on many occasions, and its current work programme, post 2007-08, includes looking again at the issues faced by rural areas.

Health Statistics (Thurrock)

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been treated for (a) diabetes, (b) cardiac conditions, (c) obesity and (d) respiratory conditions in each municipal ward of the borough of Thurrock in the last 12 months. [97015]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is not held centrally.

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which wards in the Borough of Thurrock have single GP practices. [97016]

Caroline Flint: Information is not available in the format requested. However, the table shows the location of Single Handed GPs in Thurrock as at 30 September 2005 which is the latest data available.


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Single handed GP Partnerships for Thurrock Primary Care Trust, as at 30 September 2005
PCT Practice Code Address Post Code

5GQ

Thurrock PCT

F81088

271A Southend Road

Stanford-le-Hope

Essex

SS17

8HD

RM18

F81110

Tilbury Health Centre

London Road

Tilbury, Essex

8EB

F81197

Sancta Maria Medical Centre

Daiglen Drive

South Ockendon

RM15

5SZ

F81198

The Surgery

High Road

Horndon-on-the-Hill

SS17

8LB

RM18

F81206

4 St. Chads Road

Tilbury

Essex

8LA

RM17

F81623

The Surgery

167 Bridge Road

Grays, Essex

6DB

RM15

F81632

The Health Centre

Darenth Lane

South Ockendon

5LP

RM17

F81643

Grays Health Centre

Brooke Road

Grays

5BY

SS17

F81644

Ash Tree Surgery

33 Fobbing Road

Corringham

9BG

RM18

F81652

Medic House

Ottawa Road

Tilbury

7RJ

RM17

F81659

Grays Health Centre

Brooke Road

Grays, Essex

5BY

RM15

F81669

2 Fortin Path

South Ockendon

Essex

5NL

RM18

F81691

East Tilbury Health Centre

85 Coronation Avenue

East Tilbury

8SW

RM18

F81708

105 Calcutta Road

Tilbury

Essex

7QA

RM18

F81719

57 Calcutta Road

Tilbury

Essex

7QZ

RM18

F81734

4 Commonwealth House

Montreal Road

Tilbury, Essex

7QX

RM15

Y00087

South Ockendon Health Centre

Darenth Lane

South Ockendon

5LP

Source:
The information centre for health and social care general and personal medical services statistics

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to attract additional GPs to Thurrock to provide for (a) retirements of existing practitioners and (b) anticipated growth of population in the next decade; and if she will make a statement. [97017]


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Caroline Flint: It is the responsibility of primary care trusts (PCTs) and strategic health authorities to understand the demographic make-up of their general practitioner (GP) workforce and develop plans, in liaison with their local NHS Trusts and primary care providers, to deliver high quality NHS services and take action to ensure that the appropriate number of GPs are recruited, to replace those reaching retirement age.

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs there were per thousand population in Thurrock in each of the last 10 years. [97018]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The following table shows the general medical practitioners, excluding retainers and registrars per 1,000 head of population, for Thurrock Primary Care Trust, as at 30 September 2001-05. Information is not available prior to 2001.


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Number (headcount)
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

5GQ

Thurrock PCT

All practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)

62

62

67

64

72

Population

143,297

144,501

145,274

145,689

145,689

All practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars) per 1,000 head of population

0.43

0.43

0.46

0.44

0.49

Notes:
General medical practitioners excluding retainers and registrars, per 1,000 head of population, for Thurrock Primary Care Trust, as at 30 September 2001-05 General Medical Practitioners excluding retainers and registrars includes, contracted GPs, CMS others and PMS others. Prior to September 2004 this group included CMS unrestricted principals, PMS contracted GPs. Mid-year ONS 2005 population figures for PCTs are not yet available, therefore 2004 PCT figures have been used for 2005 organisation calculations, as a result these figures are subject to change.
Source:
The Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics, 2001 ONS Population Census

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) age profile and (b) anticipated retirement pattern of GPs in Thurrock is in (i) single doctor practices and (ii) group practices; and if she will make a statement. [97019]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The following table shows all practitioners, excluding retainers and registrars in Thurrock PCT, as at 30 September 2005 which is the latest data available.

Number (headcount)
All practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars) 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69

All practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)

72

4

7

5

17

9

15

9

6

Of which:

Working in single handed partnerships

17-

(1)

(1)

(1)

2

1

2

7

5

Working in group partnerships

45

3

4

4

12

8

12

1

1

PCT Employed

10

1

3

1

3

(1)

1

1

(1)

(1) Denotes zero
Note: General medical practitioners excluding retainers and registrars, includes contracted general practitioners, GMS Others and PMS Others. Source: The information centre for health and social care general and personal medical services Statistics

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