NHS England and the Department have not sought to make a recommendation about the safe ratio of patients to doctors in general practice as the appropriate ratio is determined by local population demands.
NHS England and Health Education England are working together with the profession to increase the general practitioner (GP) workforce by an additional 5,000 doctors in general practice by 2020. This includes measures to boost recruitment into general practice, address the reasons why GPs are leaving the profession, and encourage GPs to return to practice.
The table below shows patient numbers per headcount GP and headcount GPs per 100,000 population for Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England South East, South of England and England.
Patient numbers per headcount GP
Headcount GPs per 100,000 population
Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS England South East
South of England