General Practitioners

Health written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the population was registered with a GP in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2012.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

This information requested is contained in the following table, which suggests that the total number of registered patients is greater than 100% of the population:

General practitioner (GP) registered patients and population in England
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Population 51,815,813 52,196,381 52,642,452 53,107,169 53,493,729
Registered patients(1) 53,944,734 54,609,309 55,019,190 55,308,092 55,736,347
Proportion (percentage) 104.1 104.6 104.5 104.1 104.2
(1) GP registered patients: data at 30 September each year. Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre, Office for National Statistics.

The number of registered patients is higher than the total population due to a number of factors, including patients dying or emigrating, as well as patients who relocate and register at a new practice before their registration at their previous practice is deleted.

NHS England is tasked with developing a national strategy for ensuring a consistent approach to data quality of GP patient lists and ensuring that best-practice data quality initiatives are included in standard procedures.

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