General Practitioners

House of Lords written question – answered on 9th July 2014.

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Photo of Lord Mawson Lord Mawson Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many full-time equivalent general practitioners have been employed by the National Health Service in each of the last five years.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

General Practitioners (GPs) are independent contractors who hold contracts with NHS England to provide primary healthcare services for the National Health Service.

The annual National Health Service General and Personal Medical Services workforce census, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, shows the numbers of GPs working in the NHS in England at 30 September each year. The numbers of full-time equivalent GPs working in the NHS in England from 2009 to 2013 are shown in the following table. The latest available statistics are as at 30 September 2013 and were published on 25 March 2014.

General Medical Practitioners full-time equivalents 2009-2013
England full time equivalent & percentages
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Change 2009-2013 % change 2009-2013
GPs total 36,085 35,243 35,319 35,871 36,294 209 0.6%


These statistics relate to the contracted positions within English NHS organisations and may include those where the person assigned to the position is temporarily absent, for example on maternity leave.

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) refers to the proportion of each role’s full time contracted hours that the post holder is contracted to work. 1 would indicate they work a full set of hours, 0.5 that they worked half time.

From April 2013 Public Health England was excluded from workforce publications.


Health and Social Care Information Centre General and Personal Medical Services workforce census

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