Scottish general practice list sizes increase by 10% over decade
December 21 2015
Average general practice list sizes have increased by 10% over the past decade in Scotland. While the headcount of all GPs has increased by 9% to 5,736 since 2005, the number of Performer GPs (usually practice partners) has seen an overall decrease of 3% in this time to 3,657, Information Services Division of NHS Scotland has announced.
The number of salaried GPs has more than doubled since 2005, with 287 a decade ago compared to 682 in 2015. They now account for approximately 14% of the GP workforce. In addition, at the end of September, approximately 34% of GPs were aged 50 or over, “and were therefore likely to retire within the next 10 years.”
The number of female GPs in post was 2,842 at the end of September, compared to 2,096 males. There were 113 female retainees, compared to zero males. Data also indicates that the number of patients aged 65 and over registered with GP practices in Scotland has risen from approximately 834,000 in 2005 to 985,000 in 2015, an 18% increase.
ISD has also published data on GP out of hours services, saying that “the number of patients contacting GP OOH Services in the six month period April-September (2014 and 2015) has remained level. “In 2015, 432,206 patients contacted the GP OOH service, a slight fall of 1% from 2014. This equates to eight out of every 100 individuals in Scotland contacting the service between April and September 2015.”
Over half (56%) of the contacts with GP OOH services involved patients attending Primary Care Emergency Centres, while 21% received telephone advice from either an OOH GP or nurse and 19% were visited at home.