MPs from all parties call on government to do more on GP shortage

Source: GPOnline- Joseph Richardson 12.5.2022

MPs from all parties have warned the government that it needs to do more to tackle the shortage of GPs.

In a parliamentary debate following the Queen’s speech on 10 May, MPs from Labour and the Liberal
Democrats criticised the government’s failure to recruit more GPs and address the workforce crisis.

Latest data from NHS Digital show the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) qualified GPs in England
fell to 27,769 in March, a drop of 369 compared with the same time last year.

The data show that England has lost almost 1,600 FTE GPs since former health secretary Jeremy Hunt
first pledged to boost the workforce by 5,000 doctors in 2015. The government has since increased
that figure to 6,000, but has also admitted it is not on track to meet the target.

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