Welsh general practice under pressure as GP and practice numbers drop

Welsh general practice under pressure as GP and practice numbers drop

The number of GP practices in Wales fell by almost 2% last year, official data reveal, while GP numbers also fell slightly.

Figures published by the Welsh Government from data extracted by the Health and Social Care Information Centre come just weeks after the annual conference of LMCs demanded a cap on workload as practices struggle with rising demand and a workforce crisis………

Link below to the official figures from the WAG ( Welsh Assembly Gov)

GP workforce  figures from WAG 

An annual report which Includes information on the number of registered patients and workforce age distribution.

Key points

  • The number of GP practitioners in Wales (excluding registrars, retainers and locums) was 1,997 at 30 September 2015, 9 fewer (0.4 per cent) than the previous year and an increase of 148 (8 per cent) since 2005. There were 6.5 GP practitioners per 10,000 population in 2015.
  • There are fewer practices in Wales than a decade ago. In 2015 the number of GP partnerships was 8.7 per cent lower than in 2005. The number of patients per practitioner has fallen by 3.3 per cent since 2005 but patients per practice have consequently risen.
  • There were 634 GP Locums in Wales at 30 September 2015. The number of GP Locums per 100 GPs varied across Local Authority from 28 in Betsi Cadwaladr to 41 in Powys.
  • The trend towards a predominantly female General Practice in Wales continues, as elsewhere in the UK. In 2015 female GP practitioners accounted for over half (50.4 per cent) of the GP Practitioner workforce, an increase of 365 (56.9 per cent) since 2005. Females accounted for only 34.7 per cent of the total in 2005.
  • The number of GP practitioners aged 55 or over has remained steady in the last five years, with around 23.0 per cent of the GP practitioner workforce falling into this age band in 2015.




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