Dr. Tony Wright
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provisions exist to ensure that each area has a choice of male and female GPs. 
§ Mr. Denham
We have made possible new ways of working that are more sensitive to doctors personal and family circumstances and we have also improved the general practitioner retainer scheme, which allows a doctor to maintain skills during a career break and so return to general practice more easily. These family friendly policies will ensure that general practice remains an attractive option for female doctors, so that patients have the widest possible choice.