One GP for every 2,000 patients in England, survey finds

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Seeing a GP in England sees patients face a “postcode lottery”, with half the number of doctors in the worst-affected areas at best.

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The new analysis showed that there is an average of one GP per 2,038 people nationwide, a 5 percent increase since 2015.

But there are also large disparities across England, with some areas seeing a nearly 40 per cent increase in people per GP over the same period.


This means that Hull now has one GP for every 2,821 people, more than double the 1,279 people per GP in Viral.

The Liberal Democrats, who launched the analysis, have called on the government to train more GPs.

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Liberal Democrat health spokeswoman Munira Wilson MP said: “These figures reveal a postcode lottery of care that sees people struggling or waiting weeks to get to GP appointments.

“But instead of fixing the GP shortage crisis, conservatives are making it worse by failing to train the new doctors we desperately need.”

She continued: “Families rely on being able to see GPs when they or their children fall ill to seek advice, treat and recover again. The government should invest more in our GP practices and more Doctors must be trained, to ensure that patients get the fair deal they deserve.”

The areas with the highest number of residents per GP are Fylde and Wyre (2,833), Hull (2,761), Calderdale (2,606), Thurrock (2,592) and Portsmouth (2,559).

The lowest five are Liverpool (1,614), Oxfordshire (1,688), sparse (1,720), West Suffolk (1,731) and East Staffordshire (1,745).

The figures are based on research from the House of Commons Library commissioned by the Liberal Democrats.

The figures do not include trainee GPs, and are based on the population in each area rather than the number of patients registered.

A recent analysis by the BMA shows that there are now more than 1,800 fully qualified, full-time equivalent (FTE) GPs as of 2015.

Between June 2020 and July 2021, the number of GP participants declined by 918.

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