Welsh GP workforce analysis for 2014 shows an 18% slump in the rural patient population, and a 13% slide in the number of dispensing GPs, according to the NHS in Wales.
The recently published analysis shows that in September, 2014, there were 365 dispensing GPs in Wales, a fall of 53 GPs or 12.7% on the previous year. The total patient population in dispensing practices in Wales was recorded at 503,863 patients, or a fall of 18% on 2013.
Separate data for Wales suggests that the dispensing patient population in Wales stood at 196,097 patients in December 2014, a decline of 3,214 dispensing patients (1.6%), compared to a year earlier.
April 2015 data shows a dispensing patient population of 195,767.
By contrast, in non-dispensing practice the patient population rose 4.1% between 2013-14, and the GP population by 2.1%.