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Drastic action is needed to reverse falling GP numbers, says RCGP

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 28 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6751
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The number of full time equivalent GPs in England has fallen by 1.2% in a year, while the number of GP partners has fallen by 5%, data from NHS Digital show.1

Martin Marshall, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said that “drastic action” needed to be taken to reverse the trend.

The figures show that there were 340 fewer full time equivalent GPs in September 2019 than in September 2018 (28 315 versus 28 655). The number of GP partners fell from 19 262 in September 2018 to …

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