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GPs – Current facts and figures

Facts and figures on General Practitioners (GPs) and Practices – updated June 2021

Number of GPs in Northern Ireland

321 GP Practices
1932 GPs on the performers list (excluding doctors in training).
523 Locum (Sessional) doctors.
26 Retainer doctors.
1169 GP Principals (partners).
214 Salaried GPs.

 Number of GP Practice Closures

Since April 2019, there have been six practice closures across Northern Ireland

The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) was able to ensure that patients at these GP Practices were reassigned to neighbouring practices.

GP Practice Mergers

Since April 2019, three practices in Belfast voluntarily merged with a neighbouring practice creating three large practices.

Practice mergers can have a significant number of benefits for both GPs and patients as follows:

Retiring GPs

As of June 2021 the HSC Business Service Organisation has been given notice of 8 GPs planning to retire by 31 March 2022.

Four of the GPs planning to retire are part of group practices and it is therefore the responsibility of the practices to recruit a replacement GP.


More useful information

Business Services Organisation, Family Practitioner Service Medical Services