General Practitioners

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st December 2018.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full-time equivalent fully qualified GPs have been working in the NHS in England in each year since 2010.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The data requested are available in the following table, which sets out the number of full-time equivalent general practitioner (GP) partners, salaried GPs and GP retainers. GP registrars are excluded as they are not fully qualified GPs. Locums have been excluded as these figures are not comparable between 2015 and 2018. No reliable data for full-time equivalent GPs are available prior to September 2015.

Fully-qualified, full-time equivalent GPs (including GP partners, salaried GPs and GP retainers)









Source: NHS Digital


  1. All data is as at 30 September.
  2. Each period, figures contain estimates for practices that did not provide fully valid GP records. September 2015 – 15.5%, September 2016 – 13.7%, September 2017 - 5.4% and June 2018 - 5.0%
  3. Full time equivalent refers to the proportion of 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.
  4. Figures shown do not include GPs working in prisons, army bases, educational establishments, specialist care centres including drug rehabilitation centres and walk-in centres

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