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General Practice Trends in the UK to 2017

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United Kingdom
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01 Jan 2007 to 31 Dec 2017


25 April 2019. Following user and stakeholder consultation, several revisions were made to the data processing and methodology for England and revised figures from September 2015 to December 2018 were produced.

The England figures in this publication are no longer valid as they were calculated using the previous methodology and therefore have now been superseded.

More information and the new revised September 2015 to December 2018 England figures can be found on the General Practice Workforce December 2018 publication page at

This report collates information on General Practice trends in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The paper includes figures on country level workforce trends, practice numbers and list sizes and population projections and a breakdown of contract types in England.

Key facts

The latest figures available for this report are for 2017 and these are taken from each country’s General Practice publications and from the Office of National Statistics, which compiles and publishes population estimates for each of the UK constituent countries (see the Data Sources tab for more information). All residential population figures are updated mid-year estimates for 2017, which have been revised and rebased using the 2011 Census.

The differences between the figures for GP registered patients and residential population are expected and there are a number of reasons contributing to the differences. This GP “list inflation” may be caused, for example, by patients who have not been removed from patient lists following death, emigration or moving home, patients being dual registered at practices following a change of address or due to registered patients not completing the 2011 Census.

GP numbers are across all contract types for each of the countries and the GP numbers that represent headcount do not therefore reflect changes in working patterns. Figures shown may differ from those previously published due to revised data, changes in data sources and data sourced from dynamic administrative databases where previously published figures may be subject to change due to the administrative time lag in updating information in the database.


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