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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow Spokesperson (Education), Shadow Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) GPs, (b) dentists, (c) optometrists and (d) pharmacies there were in (i) England and (ii) each English region in each of the last three years; and how many this equated to per 100,000 resident population in each category.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The number of general practitioners (GPs) in England, each strategic health authority in each of the last three years and how many this equated to per 100,000 resident population in each category, has been placed in the Library.

The number of national health service dentists and persons per dentist in England, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2006 are available in annex E and F of the "NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006" report. The information is provided by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT). This information is based on the old contractual arrangements which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006.

This report, published on 23 August 2006 is available in the Library and is also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/dentistry/nhs-dental-activity-and-workforce-report-england-31-march-2006

The number of dentists, and number of dentists by population, on open NHS contracts, in England, as at 30 June 2006, 30 September 2006, 31 December 2006, and 31 March 2007 are available in table E1 of annex 3 of the "NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2006-07" report. This information is provided by PCT and by SHA.

This report, published on 23 August 2007, is available in the Library and is also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dental0607

Information on the number of ophthalmic practitioners (OPs) in England is provided in table 1 of the "General Ophthalmic Services: Workforce Statistics for England and Wales, 31 December 2006" report. The information is provided as at 31 December, 1996 to 2006. The information is provided by type of practitioner. This report was published on 31 July 2007 and is available in the Library and is also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/eye-care/general-ophthalmic-services:-workforce-statistics-for-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-december-2006

Information on the number of OPs in England as at 31 December 2006 is also provided in annex 3, table 1, of the aforementioned report. This information is provided by type of practitioner and by PCT.

Information on the number of OPs in England as at 31 December 2005 is provided in table 10, annex A of the "General Ophthalmic Services: Statistical Bulletin — Ophthalmic Statistics for England, 1996-97 to 2005-06" report. This information is provided by PCT.

This report, published on 24 October 2006, has been placed in the Library and is available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/opticians/general-ophthalmic-services:-statistical-bulletin-ophthalmic-statistics-for-england-1996-97-2005-06

Information on the number of OPs in England as at 31 December 2004 is provided in table 9 of the "General Ophthalmic Services: Consultation tables for England, Wales and Scotland, 2004-05" report. This information is provided by PCT. This table also includes information on the number of OPs per 10,000 of the population.

This report, published on 30 November 2005, has been placed in the Library and is available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/opticians/general-ophthalmic-services:-consultation-tables-nhs-sight-tests-vouchers-workforce-premises-2004-2005

The following shows data for the number of pharmacies there were in England, each SHA in each of the last three years and how many this equated to per 100,000 resident population in each category.

Community pharmacies in contract with PCTs at 31 March and population by SHA , England, 2004-05
SHA by region Number of community pharmacies( 1) Population June 2003( 2) (Thousand) Pharmacies per million population
England (3)9,742 49,856 195
North East 512 2,539 200
County Durham and Tees Valley 212 1,147 181
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear 300 1,392 215
North West 1,475 6,837 215
Cheshire and Merseyside 530 2,355 225
Cumbria and Lancashire 403 1,919 209
Greater Manchester 542 2,564 211
Yorkshire and the Humber 969 5,007 193
North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire 302 1,638 184
South Yorkshire 250 1,273 196
West Yorkshire 417 2,096 199
East Midlands 749 4,173 180
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland 290 1,531 190
Trent 459 2,642 173
West Midlands 1,063 5,320 200
Birmingham and the Black Country 523 2,273 231
Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire 273 1,550 176
Shropshire and Staffordshire 267 1,496 178
East 941 5,476 172
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire 315 1,615 195
Essex 282 1,630 173
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire 344 2,232 154
London 1,743 7,388 237
North Central London 300 1,220 246
North East London 352 1,531 230
North West London 488 1,815 269
South East London 319 1,512 212
South West London 284 1,310 219
South East 1,395 8,111 172
Hampshire and Isle of Wight 298 1,797 166
Kent and Medway 267 1,600 167
Surrey and Sussex 487 2,559 190
Thames Valley 343 2,155 159
South West 895 5,005 179
Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire 377 2,197 172
Dorset and Somerset 217 1,207 178
South West Peninsula 301 1,601 188
(1) Number of pharmacies at 31 March 2005.

(2) Population figures for 2003 based on estimates from 2001 data.

(3) The total number of pharmacies in England at 31 March 2005 was revised to 9,736 in the 2006 publication, revised SHA figures were not published.

Source:

General Pharmaceutical Services in England and Wales 1995-96 to 2004-05.

Community pharmacies in contract with PCTs at 31 March and population by SHA, England, 2005-06
SHA by region Number of community pharmacies Population June 2003 (Thousand) Pharmacies per 100,000 population
England 9,872 50,093 20
North East 514 2,545 20
County Durham and Tees Valley 210 1,149 18
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear 304 1,396 22
North West 1,498 6,860 22
Cheshire and Merseyside 537 2,358 23
Cumbria and Lancashire 405 1,930 21
Greater Manchester 556 2,572 22
Yorkshire and the Humber 996 5,037 20
North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire 302 1,650 18
South Yorkshire 261 1,278 20
West Yorkshire 433 2,108 21
East Midlands 759 4,199 18
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland 294 1,541 19
Trent 465 2,658 17
West Midlands 1,080 5,334 20
Birmingham and the Black Country 531 2,275 23
Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire 278 1,559 18
Shropshire and Staffordshire 271 1,500 18
East 953 5,505 17
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire 319 1,618 20
Essex 285 1,636 17
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire 349 2,251 16
London 1,738 7,429 23
North Central London 298 1,228 24
North East London 353 1,531 23
North West London 479 1,834 26
South East London 322 1,514 21
South West London 286 1,321 22
South East 1,418 8,141 17
Hampshire and Isle of Wight 304 1,801 17
Kent and Medway 274 1,610 17
Surrey and Sussex 493 2,566 19
Thames Valley 347 2,164 16
South West 916 5,044 18
Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire 389 2,212 18
Dorset and Somerset 222 1,213 18
South West Peninsula 305 1,619 19
Source:

General Pharmaceutical Services in England and Wales 2005-06.

Community pharmacies in contract with PCT/local health bodies at 31 March, and population by SHA in England, 2006-07
Strategic health authority from 1 October 2006 Number of community pharmacies Population mid-2006 (Thousand) Pharmacies per 100,000 population 2006-07
England 10,133 50,763 20
North East 527 2,556 21
North West 1,551 6,887 23
Yorkshire and the Humber 1,036 5,140 20
East Midlands 785 4,333 18
West Midlands 1,110 5,367 21
East of England 986 5,607 18
London 1,762 7,512 23
South Central 660 3,995 17
South East Coast 787 4,237 19
South West 929 5,130 18
Source:

General Pharmaceutical Services in England and Wales 2006-07.

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