Five facts about the GP workforce
Authors: Abi Rimmer
Publication date: 02 Feb 2017
Data from NHS Digital show that the number of full time GPs in England fell last year, despite government promises to expand the workforce by 5000 by 2020
Full time equivalents
There were 34 495 full time equivalent GPs in September 2016, down from 34 592 a year earlier (a drop of 0.3%).
Between September 2015 and September 2016 the overall GP headcount fell by 12 from 41 877 to 41 865.
The number of locums reported working in general practice in September 2016 was 1561, the equivalent of 692 full time GPs.
Just over half (57%) of GPs were partners, 26% were salaried GPs, and 13% were GP registrars. The remaining 4% were GP locums.
The proportion of GPs who are partners varied across the country, from 41% in parts of London to 65% in Wessex.
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