NHS staffing tracker

Monitoring and analysis of key workforce targets and trends.

The NHS in England employs some 1.5 million people, making it the country’s biggest employer. However, it is increasingly apparent that the NHS doesn’t have enough staff to meet demand. It is clear that urgent action is needed. In order to monitor key developments in staff numbers and the commitments made to the NHS workforce, this NHS staffing tracker will provide transparency on progress against some important national ambitions regarding the number of GPs, mental health staff, and nurse vacancies.

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How many GPs are there in England? 22/10/2021



1. Data are for full-time equivalent qualified general practitioners in England.

2. The initial target of 5,000 more GPs by 2020 begins in the quarter following the publication of the GP Forward View (end of September 2016) and extends to the end of the 2020 calendar year. The most recent target of 6,000 additional GPs by 2024/25 starts at Q4 of 2019/20 on the chart (March 2020), following the 2019 General Election, and ends in Q4 of 2024/25 (March 2025).


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