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GPs – Current facts and figures

Facts and figures on General Practitioners (GPs) and Practices – updated November 2018.

Number of GPs in Northern Ireland

336 GP Practices,
1722 GPs on the performers list (excluding doctors in training).
405 Locum (Sessional) doctors.
19 Retainer doctors.
1149 GP Principals (partners).
145 Salaried GPs.

 Number of GP Practice Closures

Since April 2013, there have been five practice closures:-

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 2013, the HSCB has successfully facilitated 30 practice mergers across Northern Ireland:-

There will also have been other voluntary practice mergers between neighbouring practices across Northern Ireland.

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

Retiring GPs

The HSC Business Service Organisation has been given notice of 12 GPs planning to retire by 31 March 2019.

11 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.

Three of the retiring GPs are from the same practice and this practice merged with another one based in the same location on the 31/10/2018.

The twelfth GP is a single handed practitioner and the HSCB have advertised the contract for provision of General Medical Services for these patients.


More useful information

Business Services Organisation, Family Practitioner Service Medical Services