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Rise in salaried GPs shows signs of slowing

By Steve Nowottny

The meteoric increase in the number of salaried GPs may at last be tailing off, new workforce figures suggest.

A total of 6,022 GPs worked as salaried or assistant GPs in 2007, according to official Information Centre statistics. But while this figure rose 11.5% since 2006, it represents a far smaller increase than the 58.9% jump seen the previous year.

The decline in the number of GP partners is also less marked – a fall this year of 1.3%, compared with a 5.6% drop the previous year.

Other findings include drops in the number of practice staff and total number of practices, and a rise in the proportion of female GPs, now 42%. The number of single-handed practices fell by 97.

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