HC Deb 02 November 2000 vol 355 c599W
Mr. Edward Davey

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many practising NHS GPs there were per head of population in each constituency in each year between 1987 and 1999; [135782]

(2) what the average number of patients registered with an NHS GP practice was in each constituency in each year between 1987 and 1999. [135784]

Mr. Denham

Statistics collected in the Department are largely by health authority, local authority or National Health Service trust, reflecting local lines of responsibility and accountability. The Department publishes a wide range of detail at these levels. Comprehensive information at constituency level could be collected and published only at disproportionate cost.

Unrestricted Principals and Equivalents (UPEs)1 per 10,000, patients of UPEs and residential population2 by health authority— 1996 to 19983
UPEs per 10,000 pop Average list size
1996 5.5 1,885
1997 5.5 1,819
1998 5.5 1,807
1999 5.5 1,845
1UPEs include Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs and PMS Salaried GPs
2ONS mid year population estimates
3General Medical Practitioner data as at 1 October each year
4Comparative detailed data is not available before 1996


1. Based on ONS mid year population estimates

2. Based on patients of UPEs

3. Health authority level data is available in the annual "General and Personal Medical Services Statistics"


Department of Health General & Personal Medical Services Statistics & ONS population census