Facts and figures on General Practitioners (GPs) and Practices – updated June 2021
|1932||GPs on the performers list (excluding doctors in training).|
|523||Locum (Sessional) doctors.|
|1169||GP Principals (partners).|
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.
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:
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.