Greater Manchester GP surgeries at breaking point after huge increase in patient numbers

David Otterwell and Dean Kirby report 5th November 2014 in a “Special report: Greater Manchester GP surgeries at breaking point after huge increase in patient numbers” 

Figures show that nearly 40,000 people have registered with doctors in the last 18 months. Look on the link for the actual numbers… The poor manpower planning and rationing of places for British students means we will be importing… for the next 3 – 4 elections..

GP surgeries are at breaking point after the number of patients across Greater Manchester soared by nearly 40,000 in just 18 months.

NHS data analysed by the M.E.N. shows that an extra 38,738 people signed up with a surgery from April last year to October this year.

The figures show that 16 surgeries in the region saw their registered patients increase by more than a quarter.


The number of extra people who signed up with a surgery from April last year to October this year


The average number of patients signed up with each surgery in Greater Manchester


The number of surgeries in the region which saw their registered patients increase by more than a quarter

One senior doctor says GPs are facing increasing pressure from rising numbers of patients due to an aging population and the movement of care out of hospitals.

Dr Kailash Chand OBE, a Tameside GP and deputy chairman of the British Medical Association, said the figures highlight the pressure on GPs.

He added: “There can be little doubt that GP practices across the north west are struggling with the same pressures that are coming to bare on GP services throughout the NHS.

“We are seeing serious shortfalls in the number of doctors choosing to train as GPs. In the north west, almost 30 per cent of GP trainee places went unfilled, while senior GPs are choosing to retire early or work abroad for a better work-life balance.

“If this situation continues, it will result in an accelerating decline in the overall number of GPs, which could present a threat to patient care as there may be too few GPs for the number of patients walking through the surgery doors.”

….A spokeswoman for NHS England in Greater Manchester said: “NHS England recognises the increase in patients registered with GPs in the Greater Manchester area.

“Continued growth in the local population has been anticipated and a number of new practices were established over recent years to accommodate some of these patients, while other practices have expanded.

“GP practices income is largely determined by their list size. Therefore, when the registered patient list grows, the practice receives an increase in funding to resource the increase in service delivery required for these patients.

“We can confirm that this will not affect patients’ ability to access appointments.”

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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