General Practitioners

Health written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general medical practitioner whole-time equivalents there are in England; what methodology she used in calculating this number; and what the margin of error is in the estimate.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

In June 2005, there were 32,418 general medical practitioners, excluding general practitioner (GP) retainers and GP registrars. This equated to 29,010 full-time equivalents (FTE).

The new primary medical care contract was introduced in 1 April 2004 and this only stipulates whether GPs are full-time or part-time. Using information from previous years the FTE figures were estimated using factors of 1.0 full-time and 0.6 part-time.

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