General Practitioners: Recruitment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 2nd December 2021.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made against the Government's commitments to deliver (a) 6,000 more doctors in general practice by 2024-25, (b) 50 million extra general practice appointments a year and (c) 50,000 more nurses by 2024-25.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The latest comparable general practice workforce data available for June 2021 shows that there were 34,726 full time equivalent (FTE) doctors in general practice, 1,218 more FTE doctors compared to June 2019.

The latest available data for general practice appointments is from August 2021 excluding COVID-19 vaccination appointments, shows that there were an estimated 23.9 million appointments in August 2021, 510,000 more than in August 2019. Including COVID-19 vaccinations, there were 25.5 million appointments in August 2021, 2 million more than August 2019.

The number of nurses employed in National Health Service trusts and clinical commissioning groups in the last year increased by over 9,900 FTE, as at July 2021.

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