GP vacancies on the increase
The overall number of GP practice vacancies has risen slightly in the past year, new Government figures show.
Statistics published by the NHS Information Centre show that the total rate for GP vacancies rose from 1.2% to 1.6% in the past twelve months.
The figures mark a distinct reversal from 2008's findings, when the number of vacancies fell for the third consecutive year.
The latest rates for vacancies open for 3 months or more was unchanged in England at 0.3%, and increased slightly in to 0.9%, up from 0.2% in 2008.
However, the total number of practice staff vacancies in England and Wales dipped from 0.6% to 0.3% in the same period, although vacancies for practice nurses increased slightly from 0.3% to 0.4%.
The survey gathered data from 2,000 randomly selected practices in England, and 200 in Wales.
Tim Straughan, chief executive of the NHS Information Centre said: ‘The figures show a slight increase in the rates of long-term vacancies among most groups of NHS staff for the first time in at least five years, but remaining lower than 2006 or before