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General medical practitioners (GP)

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  • Release date: 25 March 2015
  • Period covered: 2004 to 2014
  • Next update: March 2016
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 2,006 at 30 September 2014, 20 fewer (1.0 per cent) than the previous year and an increase of 190 (10.5 per cent) since 2004.
  • There are fewer practices in Wales than a decade ago. In 2014 there were 7.8 per cent fewer GP partnerships in Wales than in 2004. The number of patients per practitioner has fallen by 5.5 per cent since 2004 but patients per practice have consequently risen.
  • The percentage of female GP practitioners has increased over the last decade. In 2014 female GP practitioners accounted for nearly half (48.6 per cent) of the GP Practitioner workforce, an increase of 378 (63.3 per cent) since 2004. Females accounted for only 32.9 per cent of the total in 2004.
  • 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 2014.


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