GPs’ workloads have risen by 16 per cent in seven years, according to the chair of the RCGP [Image: Anthony Devlin/PA].

What’s going on here?

Has Jeremy Hunt been too busy defending his questionable record on mental health to look after the backbone of the National Health Service – general practice?

Watch this space for a forthcoming 100-instalment Twitter thread explaining why fewer GPs is producing better results, written personally by Jeremy Hunt…’s filing clerk.

That should tell you everything you need to know about the Health Secretary’s high regard for his portfolio responsibilities.

The number of GPs in England has fallen sharply in the past year, despite a government pledge to increase the supply of family doctors by 5,000.

The total number of full-time equivalent GPs working in England dropped by 1,193 in the year to September, figures from NHS Digital show.

The numbers have shrunk despite efforts by the NHS, ministers and GP bodies to persuade existing family doctors to stay in post and to encourage medical graduates to make a career in general practice.

The decrease raises doubts over whether Jeremy Hunt’s pledge to increase GPs by 5,000 by 2020, which was first made in 2015, will be delivered. Labour accused the health secretary of “astonishing failure” on a key NHS target.

Source: Jeremy Hunt accused of ‘astonishing failure’ after GP numbers fall by 1,190 | Society | The Guardian

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