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BMA laments “disappointing” pace of increase in GP numbers

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3974 (Published 22 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3974
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The number of full time equivalent GPs in England increased by less than 1% in the past three months, show new figures the BMA has described as “disappointing.”

The figures, from NHS Digital, show that there were 34 242 full time equivalent GPs in England as at 30 June 2017, an increase of 321 (0.9%) from 33 921 in March 2017.1

Excluding locum GPs, the number of full time equivalent GPs increased by 263 (0.8%) to 33 235 in June from 32 972 in March.

But from March 2016 to March 2017 the number of full time GPs, excluding locums, fell by 1252 …

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