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  • Release date: 30 March 2016
  • Period covered: 2005 to 2015
  • Next update: 29 March 2017
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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