West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust: General Practitioners

Health written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many general practitioner practices there are in the West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust area;

(2) how many (a) nurses and (b) allied health professionals work in general practitioner practices in primary care trusts in Hertfordshire.

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

Information on the number of nurses and general practitioner (GP) practices can be found in the following table. However, information on allied healthcare professionals is not held centrally.

GP practices and practice nurses by East and North Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) and West Hertfordshire PCT, as at 30 September 2007
GP practices Practice nurses
East and North Hertfordshire PCT 61 203
West Hertfordshire PCT 69 209

The annual GP Census collection does not collect data broken down by allied health professionals working within GP practices.

Data quality:

Work force statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 national health service trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data.

Processing methods and procedures are continually being updated to improve data quality. Where this happens any impact on figures already published will be assessed but unless this is significant at national level they will not be changed. Where there is impact only at detailed or local level this will be footnoted in relevant analyses.


The Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.

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