Map: How GP practice list size varies across England

GP practice list sizes have been rising steadily across England over the past decade and a half - with the average list now around 50% larger than when the 2004 GMS contract took effect.

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The average size of GP practice lists has risen as practices have closed and merged at breakneck speed in recent years, while the patient population has increased.

Despite the trend towards larger practices, however, there remains significant variation between CCG areas in practice size.

Analysis by GPonline shows a four-fold difference between the lowest median practice list size for a CCG and the highest - from just 4,299 across the 26 practices in NHS North East Lincolnshire CCG to 16,927 across the 14 practices in NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG. Explore the map below to find out how your CCG compares.

In just over six years since NHS England became operational in April 2013, the total number of GP practices listed in official statistics has dropped from 8,106 to 6,866 - a 15.3% decline.

The average list size per practice in 2013 was 6,914 patients - a figure that has now soared to 8,757 according to figures for October 2019 published by NHS Digital.

A total of nine GP practices in England now have a patient list in excess of 50,000 - and more than one in 10 practices have more than 15,000 patients.

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