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General Practitioners: Working Hours

Health written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Alun Cairns Alun Cairns Conservative, Vale of Glamorgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of general practitioners work (a) full-time and (b) part-time.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The annual national health service workforce census shows that of the 35,415 general practitioners (GPs) working in the NHS in England at 30 September 2011, 67.6% work full-time and 32.4% work part-time. The data are shown in the following table:

GPs (excluding retainers and registrars) in England by FTE commitment as at 30 September 2011
  Number Percentage
All GPs (excluding retainers and registrars) 35,415 100
Of which:    
FTE less than or equal to 0.75 9,317 26.3
FTE over 0.75 but less than 1.0 2,172 6.1
FTE greater than or equal to 1.0 23,926 67.6
FTE = Full Time Equivalent. Notes: 1. Data as at 30 September 2011 2. FTE calculations on the GP Census are based on an FTE of 1.0 being 37.5 hours a week. Data Quality: The Health and Social Care Information Centre seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data but responsibility for data accuracy lies with the organisations providing the data. Methods are continually being updated to improve data quality where changes impact on figures already published. This is assessed but unless it is significant at national level figures are not changed. Impact at detailed or local level is footnoted in relevant analyses. Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre (General and Personal Medical Services Statistics)

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