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Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on the critical infrastructure of his Department of an electromagnetic pulse strike caused (a) deliberately and (b) through solar activity. 
Phil Hope: The Department assesses a wide range of deliberate or accidental risks to its business critical services, as part of its business continuity arrangements. The Department's business continuity plans and response structure allow it to protect staff and continue critical business activities in the event of a major incident or business disruption.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England were seen by a general practitioner in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: Figures on the numbers of patients who were seen by a general practitioner (GP) are not collected. Data on the estimated number of GP consultations, based on a sample, in England and the number of GPs in England are available and shown as follows. Data on estimated annual number of consultations per GP have been calculated by dividing the estimated number of GP consultations in England by the number of GPs in England. Estimates broken down by strategic health authorities, primary care trusts or MPs' constituencies are also not available.
|Estimated number of GP consultations in England per year||Number of GPs in England( 1)||Estimated annual number of consultations per GP in England|
|(1 )Headcount-excluding registrars and retainers. Source: NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care/QResearch: Trends in Consultations Rates in General Practice 1995 to 2008: Analysis of the QResearch Database. The Information Centre for Health and Social Care, General and Personal Medical Services Statistics: Data as at 1 October 1997-99 and 30 September from 2000 onwards.|
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made a recent estimate of the proportion of (a) general practice surgeries and (b) general practitioners in York who offer surgeries in the evening or at weekends. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The information is not available in the format requested. The latest published data shows that as at July 2009, in North Yorkshire and York primary care trust (PCT), 74.5 per cent. (73 of their 98) of general practitioner (GP) practices were offering access to routine GP appointments outside normal surgery opening hours.
1. Data is not collected centrally on this availability in relation to individual GPs.
2. The figure for England is 77.1 per cent.
3. The figure for the Yorkshire and Humber strategic health authority is 76.9 per cent.
Department of Health
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The information is not available in the format requested. However, information on the amount of national health service revenue expenditure by breakdown of primary care trust (PCT), and strategic health authority (SHA), in Birmingham, from 2002 to 2009, is shown in the following table:
1. The PCT figures are taken from the audited summarisation schedules of Heart of Birmingham PCT, South Birmingham PCT and Birmingham East and North PCT.
2. Birmingham East and North PCT was formed following the merger of Eastern Birmingham PCT and North Birmingham PCT in 2006. The figures provided for 2002-03 to 2005-06 are the equivalent values in these two PCTs.
3. The SHA figures are taken from the audited summarisation schedules of West Midlands SHA (2006-07 to 2008-09) and Birmingham and The Black Country SHA (2002-03 to 2005-06).
4. Birmingham and The Black Country SHA covers a wider area than Birmingham alone, but it is not possible to disaggregate expenditure in the Birmingham area from the total expenditure of the SHA. West Midlands SHA was formed as part of the reconfiguration of SHAs in 2006 following the merger of three predecessor bodies including Birmingham and The Black Country SHA. Again, its expenditure covers a wider area than Birmingham alone but it is not possible to disaggregate expenditure in the Birmingham area from the total expenditure of the SHA.
Audited summarisation schedules, 2002-03 to 2008-09
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole time equivalent NHS (a) general practitioners and (b) general dental practitioners worked at practices within the City of York local authority area (i) in 1997 and (ii) on the most recent data for which figures are available. 
Ann Keen: The data are not available in the format requested. The data for dental workforce figures are only available on a headcount basis, and figures do not differentiate between full-time and part-time dentists, nor do they account for the fact that some dentists may do more national health service work than others. Headcount numbers of NHS dentists, in York, as at 31 March 1997 are available in the NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006 in Annex E. This information is based on the old contractual arrangements, which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006. This information can be obtained from the website for the Information Centre for health and social care at:
The headcount numbers of dentists with NHS activity during the year ending 31 March 2009, are available in the NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2008-09 report in Table G1 of Annex 3. This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006. This information can be obtained from the website for The Information Centre for health and social care at:
|General Practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars) by selected area (full - time equivalents)|
|n/a = not applicable.|
1. North Yorkshire and York PCT was created on 1 October 2006 following a merger of Craven, Harrogate and Rural District PCT, Hambleton and Richmondshire PCT, Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale PCT and Selby and York PCT. Prior to 2002, the City of York was serviced by North Yorkshire Health Authority. This Health Authority may not map completely into the newly formed primary care trusts but has been provided here as background and appears consistent with subsequent aggregated PCT figures.
2. Data as at 1 October 1997-99 and 30 September 2000-08.
3. Totals may not equal sum of figures due to rounding.
4. 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.
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