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Latest figures for England show rise in general practice consultations

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3604 (Published 09 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3604
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

    General practices in England are conducting 13 000 more consultations a year on average, compared with figures for 1995, show the latest statistics, published last week by the NHS Information Centre.

    Surveys based on 108 general practices with 919 000 patients in 1995 and on 503 practices with 4.4 million registered patients in 2008 show that the number of consultations a year for a typical practice in England rose from 21 100 in 1995 to 34 200 in 2008.

    The figures show that an average patient had 5.5 consultations in general practice in 2008 compared with 3.9 in 1995.

    The figures also show a rise in the proportion of patients …

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