Addressing a room full of doctors, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt reminded the audience of his promise in 2015 that there would be 5,000 more general practitioners working in the NHS in England by 2020.
We’re halfway to Mr Hunt’s deadline – so how is the government doing at meeting this target?
In 2015, there were about 34,500 GPs working in the NHS in England. The government wants there to be about 39,500 by 2020.
But the latest figures published by the NHS show that there are actually about 350 fewer GPs now than there were in 2015, when the target was announced.
These numbers include registrars – trainee GPs who are qualified doctors but have not yet completed their specialist training.
Once a medical school graduate picks a general practice specialism, it takes…