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GP registered patient numbers rise to almost 60 million

723,000 more patients registered in the past year

Adrian O'Dowd

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

The number of patients registered at GP practices in England is rising steadily, according to new figures*, reaching more than 59 million this month.

The data from NHS Digital published today shows there were 723,337 more patients registered at a GP practice in England as of 1 August compared to the same day in August 2018.


Patient numbers registered on 1 August were 59,957,750, up from 59,234,413 at the start of August 2018.

There was also a rise from the figure of 58,538,696 in August 2017.

NHS Digital said the data for this publication were extracted each month as a snapshot in time from the GP Payments system that it maintained. The latest data represented an accurate “snapshot” as at 1 August 2019.


*Patients Registered at a GP Practice. NHS Digital, 13 August 2019

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