How many GPs are in each area of Yorkshire as government fails to meet recruitment target

GP numbers have increased in many areas, although targets have not been met
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GP numbers have increased in a number of places in Yorkshire even as the government fails to meet its manifesto pledge.

However, the Royal College of GPs has now warned "we are losing GPs faster than we are training new ones" across the country, and they have now asked for political parties to make further efforts to increase the current numbers of GPs. Figures from the House of Commons Library, based on NHS Digital data have now revealed the number of GPs serving in each area of Yorkshire.

Meanwhile, the number of full-time equivalent GPs across England has increased by 2.4% since April 2023, meaning there were 37,237 GPs in England. This is 2,711 more than in March five-years-ago, but the Conservative's 2019 manifesto pledged to recruit 6,000 more by 2025.

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Here are the figures for the number of GPs across each NHS CCG area in Yorkshire, alongside the numbers last year and in March 2019.

  • NHS Barnsley CCG: 156 GPs, up from 145 last year and 132 in 2019

  • NHS Bradford District and Craven CCG: 435 GPs, up from 378 last year and 382 in 2019

  • NHS Calderdale CCG: 133 GPs, up from 127 last year and 104 in 2019

  • NHS Doncaster CCG: 199 GPs, up from 194 last year and 164 in 2019

  • NHS Kirklees CCG: 240 GPs, up from 236 last year and 202 in 2019

  • NHS Leeds CCG: 571 GPs, down from 582 last year and up from 492 in 2019

  • NHS North Yorkshire CCG: 407 GPs, up from 319 last year and 277 in 2019

  • NHS Rotherham CCG: 160 GPs, up from 158 last year and 149 in 2019

  • NHS Sheffield CCG: 448 GPs, up from 395 last year and 374 in 2019

  • NHS Wakefield CCG: 271 GPs, up from 243 last year and 227 in 2019

  • NHS Vale of York CCG: 166 GPs, down from 241 last yearn and 229 in 2019

The increase in many places was primarily driven by GP practices seeing more trainees. In spring, 9,631 were in training compared with 6,040 five years ago.

During this period, the profession lost 880 fully qualified practitioners.

Professor Kamila Hawthorne, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said GPs delivered 25% more appointments last month than in April 2019, but “we can’t keep doing more with less”.

“Patients are bearing the brunt of years of failures in funding and workforce planning,” she said.

Prof Hawthorne added: "Now that the General Election is just a few weeks away, we’re hearing promises from political parties about improving access to general practice services – but this can only be done with investment to boost and protect the GP workforce.

"Right now, we simply don’t have enough GPs - we are losing GPs faster than we are training new ones.

"We need all the major political parties to commit to significant investment and further efforts to increase and retain the GP workforce, to ensure general practice is fit for the future. If general practice fails, the NHS fails."

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Meanwhile, a number of politicians have commented on the figures. The Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, accused the Conservative Party of having "brought the NHS to its knees" and "decimating local health services".

He added that his party would give people a legal right to see a GP in a week or in 24 hours "if in urgent need, so people aren’t ever left struggling to get an appointment”.

The Conservative Party have also promised to expand Pharmacy First, which was launched in England in January. It allows patients to be treated for seven common conditions at a pharmacy without need for a GP appointment or prescription.

They said the scheme would free up 20 million appointments in total. Alongside this, they also pledged to build 100 new GP surgeries and to modernise 150 more.

The Health Secretary, Victoria Atkins, said the reforms were part of plans to make the NHS "faster, simpler and fairer".