The GP surgeries in Brighton and Hove with the most and fewest patients per doctor have been revealed.
The British Medical Association said the wide disparities in doctor-patient ratios across England are “completely unacceptable” and called on the government to address long-standing issues.
Figures from NHS Digital show that 329,360 patients were registered in GP practices in the NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group area at the end of January, along with the equivalent of 145 full-time GPs.
This means that if the patients were evenly distributed, each attending physician would treat an average of 2,275 patients.
St Luke’s Surgery at Grand Ocean Medical Center in Longridge Avenue, Saltdean, has the worst ratio in the region, with 9,370 patients per full-time GP, although the surgery has only had a GP for 21.33 % of hours of a full-time role.
This was followed by School House Surgery in Hertford Road, Brighton, (5,575) and the University of Sussex Health Center in Refectory Road, Brighton (4,981).
Meanwhile, the practices with the fewest patients per GP are Arch Healthcare in Morley Street, Brighton, (476) Hove Medical Center in West Way, Hove, (1,121) and Mile Oak Medical Center in Chalky Road, Portslade ( 1406).
Patient ratios vary widely across England.
Dr Kieran Sharrock, vice-chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA) general practitioner committee in England, said: “These data show worrying disparities in doctor-patient ratios across the country and it is totally unacceptable that patients have to undergo such access variations. take care of.”
Dr Sharrock said the government had failed to pay enough attention to the primary care backlog and should provide “urgent and substantial support” to enable high-quality care.
The Royal College of General Practitioners said that between September 2015 and December 2021 the number of patients per GP increased by 10%, the number of fully qualified and full-time equivalent GPs decreased by 5% and the population increased by 4%.
The Department of Health and Social Care said there were more than 1,600 more full-time equivalent doctors in December 2021 than two years earlier, with a record number starting training last year.
A spokeswoman added: ‘We have invested £520m to improve access and expand GP capacity during the pandemic.
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This notice was published: 2022-03-20 05:00:00