DoH figures show that in 1997, England had 28,046 GPs working in 9,102 practices. This amounts to an average of 3.1 GPs per practice.
By 2008, the number of practices had fallen to 8,261. But the overall number of GPs had risen to 33,365, meaning that each practice now houses an average of four GPs.
Other figures show a 40 per cent increase in the numbers of practice nurses over the same period.
In 1997, there were 10,082 full time equivalent practice nurses. Ten years later that figure had increased to 14,554.
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