§ Dr. Evan Harris
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent(a)hospital doctors and (b)GPs there were in the NHS in each year since 1979. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The information requested is shown in tables which have been placed in the Library.489W
Whole-time equivalent data for general practitioners (GPs) was not available prior to 1990. There was no provision for GPs to work anything less than full-time, therefore whole-time equivalent data was not available.
The headcount number of hospital medical staff increased by 92 per cent. between 1979 and 2001. In the same period. the number of practitioners and unrestricted principals and equivalents increased by 33 per cent. and 31 per cent. respectively.