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GPs are now outnumbered by wider clinical staff at practices, analysis shows

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 28 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6725
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

More non-GP clinical staff now work in general practice in England than GPs, an analysis has shown.1

The fourth annual NHS workforce report from the Health Foundation shows that the number of non-GP clinical staff has grown more quickly than the number of permanent qualified GPs over the past three years.

In March 2016 there were 6% fewer non-GP clinical staff than GPs, the report said. By March 2019, however, non-GP clinical staff had overtaken GPs to outnumber them by 8% (29 459 full time equivalent (FTE) other clinical staff including …

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