The number of general practitioners in the national health service in England in each of the last four years is shown in the table. Information relating to Wales is a matter for the devolved Administration.
|All practitioners (excluding GP retainers)(25)||29,389||29,697||29,987||30,252|
|Unrestricted principals and equivalents (UPEs)(26)||27,099||27,392||27,591||27,704|
(25) All practitioners (excluding GP retainers) includes UPEs, restricted principals, assistants, GP registrars, salaried doctors (para. 52 SFA) and PMS other. GP retainers were not collected until 1999. In 1999 there were 972 GP retainers; in 2000 there were 1,117.
(26) Unrestricted principals and equivalents (UPEs) includes GMS unrestricted principals, PMS contracted GPs and PMS salaried GPs.
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.