Derek Twigg MP said: “People in my constituency are increasingly complaining about being unable to get a GP appointment when they want one or cannot get one with the GP of their choice. Many have to wait a number of weeks to get an appointment with a GP. Part of the reason is that there are not enough GP’s. I raised this problem previously at meetings with the CCG NHS England.
Clearly, this is unacceptable and I will be asking NHS England to put this right. Halton has some of the poorest health outcomes in the country and it beggars belief that the health service has allowed this situation to happen in Halton.
While I welcome plans by Halton CCG to improve the service at Walk-in Centre’s in Halton, this is no substitute for patients being able to access their GP when they need to. NHS England needs urgently to address this shortfall of GP’s in Halton.”
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of GPs to patients is in each clinical commissioning group area in (a) Halton constituency and (b) Merseyside. 
Dr Poulter: Data is not available in the format requested. Data on the number of patients per general practitioner (GP) is available at clinical commissioning group (CCG) level.
The following table shows GP registered patients per headcount GP (excluding registrars and retainers) in Merseyside as at 30 September 2013.
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All GPs (excluding registrars and retainers) headcount All GP registered patients Patients per headcount GP (excluding registrars and retainers)
England 35,561 56,007,348 1,575
Merseyside Area Team 836 1,257,011 1,504
NHS Halton CCG 74 128,775 1,740
NHS Knowsley CCG 111 160,927 1,450
NHS Liverpool CCG 369 496,522 1,346
NHS South Sefton CCG 91 155,073 1,704
NHS Southport and Formby CCG 78 122,157 1,566
NHS St Helens CCG 122 193,557 1,587