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General Practitioners: North East

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 9th March 2020.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full-time equivalent GP clinical staff there were in (a) Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group area and (b) the North East in 2018-2019.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) doctors, direct patient care practitioners and nurses in general practice who worked in general practices in England, the North East and Yorkshire and NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on 31 December 2018 and on 31 December 2019 are presented in the following table.

Due to a change in the regions, there is no comparable ‘North East’ region between September 2018 and 2019.

Full-time equivalent

All regular general practitioners (GPs) (excludes locums)

All nurses

All direct patient care


December 2018




December 2019




North East and Yorkshire

December 2018




December 2019




Sunderland CCG

December 2018




December 2019




Source: NHS Digital


1. Data as of 31 December.

2. Figures shown do not include general practitioners, direct patient care staff and nurses working in prisons, army bases, educational establishments, specialist care centres including drug rehabilitation centres, walk-in centres and other alternative settings.

3. Each period, figures contain estimates, for practices that did not provide fully valid General Medical Practice general practitioner/nurse/direct patient care/admin/non-clinical staff records.

4. FTE refers to the proportion of full time contracted hours that the post holder is contracted to work. 1 would indicate they work a full set of hours (37.5), 0.5 that they worked half time. In Registrars' contracts 1 FTE = 40 hours. To ensure consistency, these FTEs have been converted to the standard wMDS measure of 1 FTE = 37.5 hours in the table.

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