General Practitioners

Health written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of general practitioners in the national health service in England and Wales in each of the last four years.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (Health)

The number of general practitioners in the national health service in England in each of the last four years is shown in the table. Information relating to Wales is a matter for the devolved Administration.

General medical practitioners in England as at 1 October 1997 to 1999 and 30 September 2000
1997 1998 1999 2000
All practitioners (excluding GP retainers)(25) 29,389 29,697 29,987 30,252
of which:
Unrestricted principals and equivalents (UPEs)(26) 27,099 27,392 27,591 27,704

(25) All practitioners (excluding GP retainers) includes UPEs, restricted principals, assistants, GP registrars, salaried doctors (para. 52 SFA) and PMS other. GP retainers were not collected until 1999. In 1999 there were 972 GP retainers; in 2000 there were 1,117.

(26) Unrestricted principals and equivalents (UPEs) includes GMS unrestricted principals, PMS contracted GPs and PMS salaried GPs.


Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.

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