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.
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.
|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.
Department of Health GP Recruitment, Retention and Vacancy surveys, 2000–03.
|North Central London All||53|
|North East London All||104|
|Barking and Dagenham PCT||7|
|Chingford, Wanstead and Woodford PCT||12|
|City and Hackney PCT||22|
|Tower Hamlets PCT||13|
|Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone PCT||12|
|North West London All||78|
|Hammersmith & Fulham PCT||5|
|Kensington and Chelsea PCT||9|
|South East London All||179|
|South West London All||(18)45|
|Richmond and Twickenham PCT||4|
(18) One PCT (Sutton & Merton PCT, South West London SHA) did not respond to the survey.
No figures for PCTs are available before 2003 as previous years vacancy numbers were collected from Health Authorities.
Department of Health GP Recruitment, Retention and Vacancy survey 2003.