General Practitioners: Recruitment

Department of Health written question – answered on 9th December 2014.

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Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Labour, Halton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of graduating medical students opted for general practice in each year since 2010.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The following table indicates the number of posts commissioned and filled and the fill rate for general practitioner (GP) training in England since 2010.

Posts Commissioned

Posts Filled

% Filled

2010

2,732

2,800

102.49%

2011

2,672

2,658

99.48%

2012

2,687

2,669

99.33%

2013

2,761

2,738

99.17%

Source: National Recruitment Office for GP training and Health Education England

The final fill rate for 2014 recruitment rounds will be confirmed by Health Education England (HEE) once all trainees have started in their training posts.

HEE has also been mandated to ensure that 50% of trainees completing foundation level training enter GP training programmes by 2016. To achieve this, HEE plans to increase GP training to 3,250 places per year by 2016 from an average of approximately 2,700 per annum over the last 5 years (representing a 20% increase).

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