Map: GP workforce aged over 55 varies eight-fold across England

Some areas in England rely heavily on GPs aged over 55, suggesting they could be hit with huge workforce gaps over the next few years, the latest GP workforce figures show.

The GP workforce over 55 varies eight-fold across England, with more than two fifths of GPs in some areas in this age group.

Some 42% of GPs working in Southend CCG are over the age of 55, as are 40% in Havering CCG and in Castle Point and Rochford CCG.

But this compares with just 5% in Hardwicke CCG, 10% in Blackpool CCG and 11% in Harrogate and Rural District CCG.

A poll carried out by the BMA in 2015 showed that one in three GPs were considering retirement within five years.

Map: Proportion of GP workforce over 55

Across England, a total of 21% of the GP workforce are over 55 – of those whose ages are known – which remains unchanged since 2015.

The statistics, published by NHS Digital, show that one in four (25%) GPs in London are over 55, compared to 22% in the Midlands and East, 21% in the South of England NHS region and 20% in the North of England.

The capital also has significantly more GPs over 65 than anywhere else in the country, who account for 8% of the workforce. This is twice as high as in the Midlands and East (4%) and much more than in the South (3%) and the North (2%).

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