To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to recruit general practitioners; what the current national ratio of patients to general practitioners is; what the ratio is in the Portsmouth area; and how many general practitioner vacancies there are in (a) Portsmouth and (b) South East Hampshire.
The Government are committed to recruiting and retaining more general practitioners (GPs). A range of measures have been implemented including financial incentives, extended options for flexible working and improved family friendly policies.
The ratio of patients to unrestricted principals and equivalent (UPE) general practitioners (GPs) in England and in Portsmouth Primary Care Trust is shown in table 1.
The number of GP vacancies recorded in the GP recruitment and retention vacancy survey between
This 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 work force, even where they were filled very quickly. Thus, the number of vacancies in part is a result of there being more posts overall, reflecting the Governments plan to increase the GP work force.
|England||Portsmouth City PCT|
|Patients of UPEs||51,522,391||181,805|
|Ratio UPEs to patients||1:1,838||1:1,800|
(20) All practitioners include GMS unrestricted principals, PMS contracted GPs, PMS salaried GPs, restricted principals, assistants, GP registrars, salaried doctors (para. 52 SPA), PMS other and GP retainers.
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.
|East Hampshire PCT||18|
|Fareham and Gosport PCT||10|
|Portsmouth City PCT||10|
(21) One PCT (Sutton and 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.