General Practitioners

Health written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many general practitioner vacancies there were in (a) Brent Primary Care Trust, (b) London and (c) England in each year since 1997;

(2) how many general practitioner vacancies there were on average in each London primary care trust in each year since 1997.

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

The Department's annual general practitioner (GP) recruitment and retention and vacancy (RRV) survey started in 2000.

The number of GP vacancies in England and in each London strategic health authority since 2000 is shown in Table 1. The number of GP vacancies in each London primary care trust (PCT) including Brent PCT, for 2003, is shown in Table 2. This is the first year vacancy data has been collected at PCT level.

The RRV survey is a count of all GP vacancies that have occurred during each year. It will include existing posts that doctors have left and also new posts created to increase the workforce, even where they were filled very quickly. Thus, the increase in vacancies in part, is a result of there being more posts overall, reflecting the Government's plan to increase the GP workforce.

Table 1: England GP vacancy numbers by London SHA,2000 to 2003
2000 2001 2002 2003
England total (14)1,143 (15)2,345 (16)2,487 (17)3,245
of which:
North Central London SHA 22 78 80 53
North East London SHA 18 55 17 104
South East London SHA 38 101 81 179
South West London SHA 16 (15)42 (16)29 (17)45
North West London SHA 49 60 93 78

(14) In 2000 four HAs did not respond to the survey. These made up parts of: Thames Valley SHA, County Durham & Tees Valley SHA, North & East Yorkshire & N Lincolnshire SHA and Trent SHA.

(15) In 2001 two HAs did not respond to the survey. These made up parts of: Surrey & Sussex SHA and South West London SHA.

(16) In 2002 four HAs did not respond to the survey. These made up parts of: Surrey & Sussex SHA, South West London SHA, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire & Rutland SHA and Hampshire & Isle of Wight SHA.

(17) In 2003 one PCT in South West London SHA did not respond to the survey.Note:

Years prior to 2003 have been mapped to current SHA areas 2003 numbers were collected directly from PCTs. Previous years vacancy numbers were collect from Health Authorities.

Source:

Department of Health GP Recruitment, Retention and Vacancy surveys, 2000–03.

Table 2: GP vacancy numbers by London PCT, 2003
ISHA Total
England Total 3,245
of which:
London All 459
of which:
North Central London All 53
of which:
Barnet PCT 27
Camden PCT 8
Enfield PCT 4
Haringey PCT 9
Islington PCT 5
North East London All 104
of which:
Barking and Dagenham PCT 7
Chingford, Wanstead and Woodford PCT 12
City and Hackney PCT 22
Havering PCT 10
Newham PCT 15
Redbridge PCT 13
Tower Hamlets PCT 13
Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone PCT 12
North West London All 78
of which:
Brent PCT 16
Ealing PCT 1
Hammersmith & Fulham PCT 5
Harrow PCT 28
Hillingdon PCT 9
Hounslow PCT 3
Kensington and Chelsea PCT 9
Westminster PCT 7
South East London All 179
of which:
Bexley PCT 24
Bromley PCT 37
Greenwich PCT 32
Lambeth PCT 32
Lewisham PCT 21
Southwark PCT 33
South West London All (18)45
of which:
Croydon PCT 24
Kingston PCT 3
Richmond and Twickenham PCT 4
Wandsworth PCT 14

(18) One PCT (Sutton & Merton PCT, South West London SHA) did not respond to the survey.

Notes:

No figures for PCTs are available before 2003 as previous years vacancy numbers were collected from Health Authorities.

Source

Department of Health GP Recruitment, Retention and Vacancy survey 2003.

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