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Figures released for numbers of GP surgery openings and closures or mergers


NHS Digital must be quoted as the source of these figures

Practice level data are available within this publication

14 July 2017: A supplementary report has been published on the number of practices that have opened, closed or merged2 in England between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, as part of a regular publication series.

It shows the numbers of practices that have opened in all four regions of North England, Midlands and East England, South England, and London and compares it to the numbers that have either closed or merged over the same time.

It also details the number of CCGs that had no practice closures or mergers over the year.

The data have been analysed as part of the Number of Patients Registered at a GP Practice publication that details the numbers of patients at each practice, and is an extract of the GP Payments System.

Number of Patients Registered at a GP Practice is published monthly and will include special analysis on a topic of interest on a quarterly basis.

Both the main report and the special topic note can be accessed at:


Notes to editors

1. NHS Digital is the national information and technology provider for the health and care system. Our team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend. During the 2015/16 financial year, NHS Digital published 294 statistical reports. Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better. NHS Digital is the new trading name for the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). We provide 'Information and Technology for better health and care'. Find out more about our role and remit

2. The data do not differentiate between surgeries closed and those that have merged with other surgeries over the year, as in the case of a practice merging, the patients would not need to re-register.

3. For media enquiries please contact or telephone 0300 30 33 888.






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