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Number of singlehanded GPs in England has nearly halved since 2002

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 16 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2473
  1. Helen Jaques, news reporter
  1. 1BMJ Careers
  1. hjaques{at}

The number of singlehanded GPs in England has almost halved over the past decade, figures from the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre show.1

In 2002 almost a 10th (9.1%) of GP partners were singlehanded providers of general practice, whereas in 2012 only 5.5% of partners were.

The BMA believes that the drop in the number of singlehanded practices could reduce patients’ opportunity for one on one personal care with the same GP on each visit.

Singlehanded GP providers are partners who practise without …

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