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a gp consultation imageMay 17 2018

The RCGP has described the latest GP workforce data as “yet another hammer blow' for hardworking GPs”.

High-level data published by NHS Digital indicates that there has been a full in the full-time equivalent (FTE) headcount for GPs over the first quarter of 2018. Figures highlighted in the ‘General and Personal Medical Services, England: Final 31 December 2017 and Provisional 31 March 2018, experimental statistics’ report include:

  • the total GP FTE (excluding Registrars, Retainers & Locums) was 27,773 as at March 2018, a decrease of 157 (0.6%) from 27,930 in December 2017;
  • the total GP headcount (excluding Registrars, Retainers & Locums) was 34,435 as at March 2018, an increase of 40 (0.1%) from 34,395 in December 2017;
  • the total headcount was 22,976 for Nurses, 18,132 for Direct Patient Care staff and 92,873 for Admin/Non-Clinical staff as at March 2018;
  • the total FTE was 15,889 for Nurses, 12,013 for Direct Patient Care staff and 64,857 for Admin/Non-Clinical staff as at March 2018.

RCGP Chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: “These figures are yet another hammer blow for family doctors, for whom going the extra mile is now the norm, and for our patients. The stark truth is that we are losing GPs at an alarming rate at a time when we need thousands more to deliver the care our patients need, and keep our profession, and the wider NHS, sustainable.”

She said that the “substantial efforts to increase the GP workforce in England are falling short” and called for urgent action to address this. “We have made great strides over the past couple of years encouraging more medical students and foundation doctors to choose general practice, but these efforts will be futile, if more GPs are leaving the profession than entering it.”

Among the concerns raised by RCGP members are the longer days being spent in the clinic, “exacerbated by a mountain of bureaucracy and paperwork,” she said. “This isn’t safe for GPs, our teams, or our patients, and if it isn’t tackled GPs will continue to leave the profession early, and new GPs will be put off from joining.”

The BMA said it was “extremely concerning” to see the number of GPs in England falling. 

Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee England chair, commented: “It’s more than two and a half years since the Health Secretary promised to recruit 5,000 more GPs before 2020, and these figures are a damning progress report. With less than two years until this target date, the trend is clearly going the other way and it’s a sign that a step change in action needs to be taken.

“As GPs struggle with rising demand, increasing workloads and burdensome admin, and are expected to do so with insufficient resources, it’s no surprise that talented doctors are leaving the profession and although the number of GP training places have increased, this is not enough to address the dire recruitment and retention crisis.”

Links:
NHS Digital announcement       
NHS Digital: ‘General and Personal Medical Services, England : Final 31 December 2017 and Provisional 31 March 2018, experimental statistics’. Published May 15 2018    
RCGP comment
BMA comment 

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