To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of GP practices that were open in Luton South constituency on (a) 26 October 2022 and (b) in 2013.
3 November 2022
In September 2013, there were 21 practices registered in Luton South, with 18 practices registered in October 2022.
Practices close for a variety of reasons, including practice mergers or retirement. A reduction in practice numbers does not indicate a reduction in the quality of care. When a practice closes, patients are informed and advised to register at another local practice of their choice. Practices and commissioners must put in place appropriate measures to ensure that affected patients have access to general practitioner services.