General Practitioners

Health written question – answered on 4th June 2013.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what steps he plans to take to reduce the ratio of patients to GPs in Essex;

(2) what plans he has to publish guidelines on a maximum ratio of GPs to patients.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Responsibility for the provision of primary medical services transferred to NHS England from 1 April 2013—this includes ensuring there are an adequate number of general practitioners (GPs) to meet the needs of patients in each area.

The Essex area team is developing its primary care strategy in line with NHS England policy. A key component of the strategy will focus on developing the primary care work force, ensuring that the number of GP training practices is increased and developing a clear succession plan with GP practices where many single handed GPs are nearing retirement age to ensure continuity of care for patients.

We understand that NHS England has no immediate plans to publish guidelines on a maximum ratio of GPs to patients.

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