Doctors' List of Patients

Department of Health written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is (1) the average number, and (2) the maximum permitted number, of patients per GP in England and Wales.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The average number of patients per headcount general practitioner (GP) in England was 1,364 as at March 2016.

Patients register with a practice, not an individual GP. There is no limit on the number of patients which a practice can have, but practices can close their list to new applications if they feel that they have insufficient resources to take on more patients.

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