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Health Services

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) GPs, (b) dentists, (c) optometrists and (d) pharmacists in (i) England and (ii) each English region who were (A) men and (B) women (1) under 40, (2) between 40 and 55 and (3) over 55 years old in each of the last three years. [191506]

Ann Keen: Information on general practitioners (GPs) is shown in the following Table 1 and Table la.

The number and percentage of national health service dentists in England, by gender and by age band, as at 31 March 2007 is shown in Table 2. This information is provided by strategic health authority (SHA). This information is based on the new contractual arrangements introduced on 1 April 2006 and is a count of the number of dentists on open NHS contracts as at 31 March 2007.

The number of NHS dentists in England as at 31 March 2006, by age band and by gender is provided in table five of the “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report, England: 31 March 2006”. A breakdown by SHA is not available for this period. This report, published on 23 August 2006 is available in the Library and is also available at:

Table six of the “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report 2006” provides information on the number of NHS dentists in England and includes the number as at 31 March 2005. This information is provided by gender. A further breakdown by age band, and by SHA is not available.

Information on the number and percentage of ophthalmic practitioners in England is provided in table three of the “General Ophthalmic Services: Workforce Statistics for England and Wales, 31 December 2006” report. The information is provided as at 31 December, 1996 to 2006. The information is
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provided by gender. This report was published on 31 July 2007 and is available in the Library and is also available at:

Information on the number of ophthalmic practitioners in England as at 31 December 2006 is also provided in Annex three, table three, of the “General
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Ophthalmic Services: Workforce” report. This information is provided by gender and by primary care trust (PCT). Information by SHA is not currently available at this time due to the need to exclude duplicates who may appear in the totals for more than one PCT, at an SHA level.

Age band level data for ophthalmic practitioners is not currently available.

Information on pharmacy staff is shown in Table 3.


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Table 1: GPs (excluding retainers and registrars) as at 2004-06: numbers by age, region and gender
Under 40 years 40-55 years Over 55 years Total
2004 2005 2006 2004 2005 2006 2004 2005 2006 2004 2005 2006

Male

England

3,727

3,658

3,647

11,161

11,170

11,056

4,400

4,769

4,838

19,288

19,597

19,541

Q30

North East

216

203

212

608

613

633

212

230

224

1,036

1,046

1,069

Q31

North West

578

525

528

1,464

1,474

1,457

619

665

670

2,661

2,664

2,655

Q32

Yorkshire and the Humber

370

374

372

1,195

1,207

1,175

441

468

487

2,006

2,049

2,034

Q33

East Midlands

338

344

335

984

978

985

278

310

316

1,600

1,632

1,636

Q34

West Midlands

384

398

411

1,132

1,142

1,125

568

601

600

2,084

2,141

2,136

Q35

East of England

383

378

377

1,315

1,311

1,302

450

497

520

2,148

2,186

2,199

Q36

London

465

476

442

1,249

1,241

1,200

870

913

942

2,584

2,630

2,584

Q37

South East Coast

280

263

271

938

942

931

333

365

387

1,551

1,570

1,589

Q38

South Central

278

270

267

864

836

826

267

308

319

1,409

1,414

1,412

Q39

South West

435

427

432

1,412

1,426

1,422

362

412

373

2,209

2,265

2,227

Female

England

4,649

4,916

4,978

6,445

6,937

7,215

1,141

1,283

1,356

12,235

13,136

13,549

Q30

North East

288

295

324

321

349

377

33

35

45

642

679

746

Q31

North West

590

617

659

820

859

903

143

171

175

1,553

1,647

1,737

Q32

Yorkshire and the Humber

482

519

506

653

695

741

93

108

105

1,228

1,322

1,352

Q33

East Midlands

383

383

363

459

500

506

51

58

65

893

941

934

Q34

West Midlands

418

437

432

586

642

665

128

137

157

1,132

1,216

1,254

Q35

East of England

421

455

449

701

752

788

115

117

132

1,237

1,324

1,369

Q36

London

782

837

830

976

1,043

1,060

353

385

393

2,111

2,265

2,283

Q37

South East Coast

379

403

400

520

572

598

81

96

97

980

1,071

1,095

Q38

South Central

359

394

431

616

648

674

73

86

94

1,048

1,128

1,199

Q39

South West

547

576

584

793

877

903

71

90

93

1,411

1,543

1,580

All GPs

England

8,376

8,574

8,625

17,606

18,107

18,271

5,541

6,052

6,194

31,523

32,733

33,090

Q30

North East

504

498

536

929

962

1,010

245

265

269

1,678

1,725

1,815

Q31

North West

1,168

1,142

1,187

2,284

2,333

2,360

762

836

845

4,214

4,311

4,392

Q32

Yorkshire and the Humber

852

893

878

1,848

1,902

1,916

534

576

592

3,234

3,371

3,386

Q33

East Midlands

721

727

698

1,443

1,478

1,491

329

368

381

2,493

2,573

2,570

Q34

West Midlands

802

835

843

1,718

1,784

1,790

696

738

757

3,216

3,357

3,390

Q35

East of England

804

833

826

2,016

2,063

2,090

565

614

652

3,385

3,510

3,568

Q36

London

1,247

1,313

1,272

2,225

2,284

2,260

1,223

1,298

1,335

4,695

4,895

4,867

Q37

South East Coast

659

666

671

1,458

1,514

1,529

414

461

484

2,531

2,641

2,684

Q38

South Central

637

664

698

1,480

1,484

1,500

340

394

413

2,457

2,542

2,611

Q39

South West

982

1,003

1,016

2,205

2,303

2,325

433

502

466

3,620

3,808

3,807

Notes: 1. General Medical Practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars) includes GP Providers and GP Others. 2. Five GP ages were returned unknown in 2005 and one in 2006, these have been excluded from the data. Source: The Information Centre for health and social care

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