§ Mr. Paul Marsden
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS general practitioners there were in Shrewsbury and Atcham in each year since 1997. 
§ Mr. Lammy
Information for individual constituencies is not available. The figures for Shropshire Health Authority are shown in the table.
All Practitioners (excluding GP retainers)1 in Shropshire Health Authority as at 1 October 1997–99,30 September 2000–01 and 31 March 2002 Year Numbers (headcount) 1997 260 1998 259 1999 268 2000 262 2001 261 20022 260 1 All Practitioners (excluding GP retainers) include GMS Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs, PMS Salaried GPs, Restricted Principals. Assistants, GP Registrars, Salaried Doctors (para. 52 SFA) and PMS Others. GP Retainers were first collected in 1999 and have been omitted for comparability purposes. 2 March
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