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Only 100 extra GPs added to workforce in six months


Hello Colin, Full Time Equivalent (FTE) is not as fixed a definition as you might think. FTE in Scotland data is based on working 8 sessions per week. Under previous data collections for England, HSCIC used 9 sessions for one full time equivalent GP. NHS Digital use 37.5 hours per week as equivalent to full time in these published statistics. I don't know many GPs who do only 37.5 hours each week. This definition of full time has resulted in over recording of FTE GPs in my opinion. For example: large numbers of GP Trainees being recorded as 1.07 FTE, as the GP Registrar contract stipulates 40 hours. It doesn't seem a lot; but if you have, say, one hundred full time GP Registrars recorded as working 40 hours per week, then you gain an additional 7 registrars more than your headcount number. I would favour capping the number of FTEs at much less than 2.0. I thought 1.28 was more than reasonable.

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