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General Medical Practices in the UK: Market Research Report

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General Medical Practices Market Research Report | SIC Q86.210 | Feb 2017

High pressure: Rising demand and constrained funding has placed pressure on the industry

IBISWorld’s General Medical Practices market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Constrained funding has limited the industry’s performance, despite increasing demand
  • A shortage in the supply of qualified staff has been a growing problem for the industry in recent years
  • The government has proposed to extend GPs core hours of service to meet rising demand
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

General medical practitioners (GPs) are primary caregivers, the first point of contact for people seeking health care, and they are trained in the total health care of the whole person. GPs are the gatekeepers of the health-care system, referring patients to secondary health-care providers like hospitals and medical specialists, where appropriate. The industry is overwhelmingly dominated by publicly funded practices, whilst private practices account for just over 6% of industry revenue. Over the past five years, the industry has undergone a shake-up as the government has restricted funding for GPs and implemented a number of changes regarding how practices are funded and administered. As a result, industry revenue is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 0.9%... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

It can take time for a new general medical practice to build a patient base. This makes it tough for new entrants to break into the General Medical Practices industry. Patients often build loyalty and a rapport with their GP. As a result, they are often reluctant to change practitioners, especially if it is to a surgery with a less convenient location. However, new GPs may acquire equity in an existing practice, thus gaining immediate access to an existing patient base. The rising number of national births offers new GPs an opportunity to broaden their client base. Recent NHS reform is also expected to provide easier access to lucrative public contracts, though these will be put to tender in an increasingly crowded market, leading to intense competition over them.

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Additional Insights for the General Medical Practices Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the General Medical Practices Industry are

  • Having a good reputation
  • Must comply with government regulations
  • Provision of appropriate facilities
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total health expenditure and Population aged 65 years and over in the General Medical Practices industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the General Medical Practices Industry?

    The General Medical Practices industry is composed of general practitioners and their staff. Industry operators offer general medical consultations and treatment. Specialist medical treatment and paramedics are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
    National Health Service fundingPrivate practicesTreatmentsPrescriptionsOther services
    Industry Activities
    Consulting with patientsAssessing and treating patientsPrescribing medicationReferring patients to specialistsProviding preventative care

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total health expenditure
  • Population aged 65 years and over
  • NHS prescriptions volume
  • Real household disposable income
  • Health consciousness
  • Level of obesity
  • Current Performance
  • A revised diagnosis
  • One foot in the grave
  • Skeleton staff
  • Private practice
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • New prescriptions
  • Private health care
  • Profit trends
  • Table: General Medical Practices Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - General Medical Practices Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Hospitals
  • Residential Nursing Care
  • Learning Disability, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Facilities
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Diagnostic & Ambulance Services
  • Medical & Dental Instrument Manufacturing
  • Medical & Orthopaedic Supplies Retailers
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical Wholesaling
  • Products & Services
  • National Health Service funding
  • Private practices
  • Prescriptions
  • Treatments
  • Other services
  • Chart: General Medical Practices Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 65 and over
  • People aged between 45 and 64
  • People aged between 15 and 24
  • People aged between 25 and 44
  • People aged 14 and under
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the General Medical Practices Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Rent
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs General Medical Practices
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the General Medical Practices Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the General Medical Practices Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the General Medical Practices Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Clinical Commissioning Group (Ccg)
  • A group of GP practices for commissioning most health and care services for NHS England patients. They replaced PCTs in 2013.
  • General Practitioner (Gp)
  • A physician whose practice is not oriented to a specific medical specialty but instead covers a variety of medical problems in patients of all ages.
  • Locum Doctor
  • A locum is a person who temporarily fulfils the duties of another.
  • Primary Care
  • The medical care received on first contact with the medical system (before a patient is referred elsewhere).
  • Primary Care Trust (Pct)
  • These were public authorities in England responsible for planning, securing, funding and coordinating all NHS services in a defined geographical area. They were replaced by CCGs in 2013.

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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The General Medical Practices market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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