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There are 1,700 patients per GP, Monitor report reveals


2 June 2015

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In 2014, on average across England, there were around 1,700 registered patients for every full-time equivalent (FTE) GP.

The average number of patients per FTE GP varies from around 1,300 to around 2,500 across CCGs. The areas with the highest number of patients per GP are concentrated mainly in parts of Greater London, the South East, the North West and London.

In 2014, on average across England, there were around 1,700 registered patients for every full-time equivalent (FTE) GP.

The average number of patients per FTE GP varies from around 1,300 to around 2,500 across CCGs. The areas with the highest number of patients per GP are concentrated mainly in parts of Greater London, the South East, the North West and London.

The areas with the least patients per FTE GP are mainly in the South West, the East of England and parts of Greater London and northern England.

The review drew on a survey of 3,200 patients, interviews with 25 GP providers, including GP partners, practice managers and chief executives, nearly 200 responses after their call for evidence, and collaboration with national bodies.

It also found that more than 90% of patients know they have the right to choose a GP practice and think that choice is important, but few patients seek out the necessary information to do so, the report suggested.

They typically choose their GP practice because it is close to their home, and not because of other things that they say they look for in their GP practice (such as the quality of diagnosis and treatment or how easy it is to make an appointment).

Only a small minority of patients have been refused registration because of practice boundary areas and closed lists.

See the full report here

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