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Fall in GP numbers is “extremely concerning,” says BMA

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2175 (Published 16 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2175
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The number of full time equivalent GPs in England has fallen by 0.6% in a year, show new figures that the BMA has described as “extremely concerning.”

NHS Digital’s figures showed 32 748 full time equivalent GPs at 31 March 2018 (excluding locum GPs),1 a 0.6% drop from 32 972 in March 2017.2 In August 2017, data had shown an increase of 321 (0.9%) full time equivalent GPs from March to June 2017.3

The total GP headcount also dropped by 0.5% in 2017-18, down from 41 891 at 31 March 2017 to 41 693 at 31 March 2018. …

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