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The fall in GPs per person in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG

October 11, 2021 3:19 PM
By Lib Dems

Wiltshire's CCG area is one of those hit by the growing shortage of GPs, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

It comes as many people are struggling to book an appointment, with services increasingly under pressure from rising demand.

The figures show there is one GP per 1,937 people in our area (June 2021). This is up 6% from the one GP per 1,827 people five years ago, though remains better than the national average of one GP per 2,038 people.

The number of GPs employed in the area has also fallen by 2% to just 480 in the same period.

The alarming figures, based on analysis by the House of Commons Library, revealed the stark "postcode lottery" facing GP patients. The Liberal Democrats are calling on the government to invest in GP services to ensure people can get a doctor's appointment when they need one.

Further analysis by the British Medical Association (BMA) shows a dismal picture overall for GPs, with there being 1,900 fewer fully qualified, full-time GPs now than there were in 2015.

The picture is similarly bleak when compared to the UK's international neighbours. OECD stats from 2019 show that the UK's average of three doctors per 1,000 people ranks below the likes of Hungary and Czech Republic, and only just ahead of Brazil and Mexico.

Statement from the Lib Dems:

"The government are letting down GPs and patients in Wiltshire. Instead of fixing the GP shortage crisis, the Conservatives are making it worse by failing to train the new doctors we need.

The worsening GP shortage has given rise to a postcode lottery, with GPs overstretched and people left waiting too long for treatment or even an appointment.

Families rely on being able to see a GP when they or their children fall sick to get advice and treatment. The government must invest more in our GP practices and train up more doctors, to ensure patients get the fair deal they deserve."