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Only 100 Extra GPs Added to Workforce in Six Months

The new official figures from NHS Digital have revealed that only 100 GPs were added to the workforce in the last 6 months of 2015/16 in England. The new figure shows the number of GPs excluding registrars; locums and retainers went down by eight from 30th September 2015 to 31st March 2016.

The report also reveals that the number of practices had decreased by 61 in those 6 months in England. Although, the number of the female in the Workforce is increasing, with now making up 52.1%.

This report shows further doubt in the Government’s aim of adding 5,000 extra GPs in the workforce by 2020. GP leaders said that the new figures were ‘disappointing’.

The new figure indicates that the plans conveyed by Health Education England and NHS England is not having the good impact.

The figures shows:

  • An increase of 108 (0.3%) total headcount GPs in 6 months- currently standing at 41,985.
  • Eliminating trainees, retainers and locums, there had been a decrease of eight GPs in six months – although it did represent a growth of 65 FTEs (0.2%)
  • Currently, about 52.1% of the GP workforce is female. It is an increase from 51.9% in September 2015.
  • In March 2016, there were 7,613 practices in England. It is a decrease of 61 from September 2015.

A spokesperson for Department of Health said they have 323 extra full time equivalent GPs in their general practice workforce. There is so many works to do so department of Health have increased GP funding by £2.4billion through the GP Forward View and will continue to recruit and retain more GPs.

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