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General Practitioners: Standards

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 24th March 2020.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Labour, Slough

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of GP appointments made in (a) 2019 and (b) 2015.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The estimated number of general practice appointments for 2019 is shown in the following table. Figures for 2015 are not available.

Number of general practice appointments


312.0 million

Source: NHS Digital


  1. The data in the response includes appointments with all healthcare professional types, including general practitioners (GPs) and other practice staff.
  2. Monthly appointment totals are affected by seasonality and the number of working days in a month. For this reason, we use 12-month totals comparisons over time.
  3. The January 2020 publication included data from over 95.8% of GP practices, covering over 96.5% of all registered patients and all clinical commissioning groups. Data from all four main system suppliers - EMIS, TPP, Microtest and Vision - are included in the publication.
  4. The publication draws on responses from practices that use management information systems supplied by the four main GP information system providers in England. Between them, these supply approximately 95% of the systems in use in England.

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