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Number of GP practices fell by more than 200 last year

The number of GP practices in England fell by more than 200 - nearly 3% - in 2015, official data has revealed.

The publication from the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed there was 7,674 GP practices on 30 September 2015, 201 (2.6%) fewer than in 2014.

The figure includes practices closing altogether, as well as practices consolidating via mergers with other existing practices.

The data also revealed a change in the type of contracts held by practices, with the number of PMS contract dropping to 2,584 practices in 2015 from 3,143 practices in 2014.

The number of APMS contracts also dropped, from 290 to 269, around a third of which are held by private companies.

It comes as Pulse revealed in January that full surgery closures hit a three-year high in 2015, with the investigation unveiling 72 practices that closed altogether, compared to 51 in 2014.

The new data also showed that full-time equivalent GP numbers decreased by an estimated 2% last year, in a blow to the Government’s pledge to grow the workforce by 5,000 during this Parliament.


Readers' comments (15)

  • The Jewel in the Crown of the NHS seems to be becoming tarnished.Sad days.

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  • Tories are crow barring the jewel out of the crown to sell to mates.

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  • Wait til next year when nearer 7 % will close

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  • When PMS funding is withdrawn it will be a massacre- look at " The Practice Group" in Brighton. The tip of the iceberg for NHS Titanic.

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  • unless the punters feel the effects of closures it's meaningless - you could have one surgery looking after 65 million people and as long as they receive the 'service' they want then there is no issue.

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  • Should not this be headlines and Mr Hunt held to account and have responsibility on this matter. what will he do. I wonder what is Mr Hunt's job description and what his contract says?

    GPs continue to suffer in silence and will be ignored!

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  • Dear GP Partner anonymous at 6.56.
    The problem is us GP because we chose to suffer in silence,hence we will be ignored. Unless we make noise and stand up to bullying tactics/treatment given to us,we will be treated like this whether you like it or not. Hence this is the time to unite, stand up and resign/ hand our contracts back then it will be NHSE's problem to sort the mess out

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  • Surely this just reflects the current trend towards larger practices? Not sure it's news particularly.

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  • We have a fact (number of Practices falling) but rather than a vacuous "evil Tory plot"knee jerk reaction, we then need an explanation of the background to that fact.
    If it represents the closure of small non-viable "cottage industry" Practices, and the emergence of merged and more sustainable ones, then patients must be the beneficiaries.
    We need jewels in a crown configured for the 21st century, not the 1940s.

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  • We closed down on purpose before this financial year, knowing that the future is bleak and NHSE have double standards.

    J. Hunt's plan is working perfectly...but since we will not be in his clutches with alternative passive incomes, by leaving the UK for sunnier places...Life is looking good ! Huge weight of our shoulders...your problem now Cardigans...

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