General Practitioners: Peterborough

Health written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time general practitioners were employed by Peterborough Primary Care Trust and its predecessor in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

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

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Most of the general practitioners (GPs) working in the general medical services are independent contractors providing services for primary care trusts (PCTs) under contract, rather than being employed by the PCT. By September 2007 the number of GPs nationally had increased by 5,318, and by 543 in the East of England Strategic Health Authority area since September 1997.

The following table shows the number of GPs for the Peterborough PCT area from 2001-07.

General medical practitioners: Full time and part time for selected areas, as at 30 September for each specified year.
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Peterborough PCT n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 94 98
O f which:
Full-time n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 87 86
Part-time n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 7 12
North Peterborough PCT 55 57 60 61 59 n/a n/a
O f which:
Full-time 52 54 57 58 56 n/a n/a
Part-time 3 3 3 3 3 n/a n/a
South Peterborough PCT 53 52 56 61 65 n/a n/a
O f which:
Full-time 44 39 45 51 54 n/a n/a
Part-time 9 13 11 10 11 n/a n/a
n/a = Data not available. Note: Peterborough PCT was created on 1 October 2006 following a complete merger of North Peterborough PCT and a part merger of South Peterborough PCT. The rest of South Peterborough was split between Cambridge PCT and Northampton PCT. Due to this part merger, data from 2006 onwards is not directly comparable with data for 2001- 05.

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