Map: Which parts of England have most patients aged over 75 per GP?

GP workload is heavily linked to the age of the patient population they serve - GPonline's heatmap shows which CCG areas have the most over-75s per full-time equivalent doctor. Explore the map to find out how your area compares.

Some areas have large numbers of older patients per GP (Photo: monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images)
Some areas have large numbers of older patients per GP (Photo: monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images)

GPonline reported earlier this month that some CCG areas have nearly twice as many patients per full-time equivalent (FTE), fully-qualified GP as others.

The range is far greater in terms of patients aged 75 and over per GP, however, with fewer than 50 patients in this age group per FTE GP in parts of London, but more than 300 per FTE GP in other areas.

The map below shows which areas have the most patients aged over 75 per FTE GP - but also gives details on the total number of patients for each doctor.

GPonline reported earlier this month that some of England's most underdoctored areas also have high numbers of patients aged 75 and over - potentially marking them out as among the toughest places in the country to work as a GP.

BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey said earlier this month that the major variation nationally in patients per GP is 'a real concern' that risks creating a 'vicious cycle' for GP recruitment in some areas. The GPC chair said numbers of older patients per GP were a 'very good indicator of workload', particularly alongside data on overall patients per GP.

'The evidence behind the Carr-Hill formula showed age and sex are the main determinants of workload,' Dr Vautrey told GPonline. 'The older your population, the more health burden there will be to respond to. It is where we need to see an expansion of staff - if you are in a hard-to-recruit area, it is hard to respond to patients' needs, there is more of a burden on those working there, and that leads to burnout and potentially a vicious cycle.'

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