HC Deb 17 September 2003 vol 410 cc844-5W
Dr. Evan Harris

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs have been recruited through the(a) GP Returner scheme and (b) Golden Hello scheme; and how many GPs have delayed their retirement through the Delayed Retirement scheme. [128917]

Mr. Hutton

The flexible careers scheme has received 198 applications from doctors wishing to return to general practice. 59 of these are already back in general practice and a further 139 are being processed.

Application forms received by the Department indicate that over 2,900 general practitioners have received the golden hello payment.

No information is held centrally on those doctors who delay their retirement.

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