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.
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.