GP numbers drop by 2% in blow to Government’s recruitment pledge

GP numbers decreased by an estimated 2% last year, official data have revealed, in a blow to the Government’s pledge to grow the workforce by 5,000 during this Parliament.

Figures published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed that there were 34,100 full-time-equivalent GPs, excluding locums, working in GP practices in England as at 30 September 2015.

The HSCIC said this was an estimated 657 (1.9%) fewer than in 2014. When including locums, there were 34,600 full-time-equivalent GPs.

Full article in Pulse 27 April 2016.