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Only 100 extra GPs added to workforce in six months


Good Question Jo Smit. The answer is found here: Excluding GP registrars, retainers and locums the GP workforce has fallen by 8 individuals (head count) in six months. Excluding GP registrars, retainers and locums the Full Time Equivalent GP workforce has increased by 65 in six months. This gives us a poser. How is the headcount of these GPs falling and the full time equivalent increasing? To get the answer you need to download the GP level data and look at the number of GPs working more than one full time equivalent. A year ago NHS Digital changed the counting methodology and removed the cap on an individual GP being counted as more than 1.28 Full Time Equivalents. (In fact NHS Digital had been over-counting GPs for years because lots of data was returned as 1.0 FTE by default, so that individuals who had as many as five different roles were in effect being counted as five Full Time Equivalent GPs) The "cap" on GPs is now set at 2.0 FTE GPs. Looking at all GPs; including locums, retainers and registrars: there are over nine thousand GPs being counted as more than one full time equivalent. Most of these are only working a little over full time, but there are more than a thousand GPs (including GP registrars) who according to the data are working more than the previous maximum cap of 1.28 FTE. There are even a few tens of GPs working as two FTE GPs. I think you should ask colleagues and patients if it feels like there are more GPs or whether the GPs that we have are just working harder and being counted more than once.

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27 Sep 2016

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