HC Deb 14 October 1991 vol 196 cc81-2W
Mr. Nellist

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that the maximum number of patients for whom any doctor can receive payment is 2,500; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

There are no plans to place a limit on the number of patients for whom a doctor can receive payment. List sizes have been falling steadily for a number of years with the average now below 2,000.

Mr. Robin Cook

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the budgets allocated to each general practitioner fundholding practice(a) in total and (b) per patient registered with the practice.

Mr. Dorrell

Budgets for general practitioner fund-holding practices are approved by regional health authorities and this information is therefore not held centrally.

Mr. Nellist

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners in Britain have over 3,000 patients on their list; how many of these are single-handed; and how many serve inner-city areas.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

At 1 April 1991, the latest date for which figures are available, there were 2,563 general practitioners in England with a personal list size of over 3,000 patients, of whom 394 are working single-handed. Information about the number of these doctors serving inner-city areas is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The information relating to Wales and Scotland is a matter for my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Wales and for Scotland.

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