Wales politics

Number of GPs in Wales up more than 10% in a decade

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Image caption Welsh ministers say improving primary care is key to improving health and reducing pressure on hospitals

The number of GPs in Wales rose overall by 10.5% in the 10 years to 2014, according to new figures.

There were more than 2,000 family doctors in September 2014, excluding registrars, retainers and locums working in around 460 practices.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said the statistics showed Welsh ministers' "commitment to invest in our NHS".

But Plaid Cymru highlighted a 1% fall in GP numbers from 2013/14, warning a "recruitment crisis is looming".

Plaid health spokeswoman Elin Jones said the fact that 23% of GPs were aged 55 or over and nearing retirement age needed to addressed.

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