The variation in the availability of GPs in different parts of England is surprising, say medical leaders.
A BBC analysis found close to a triple difference between areas with more and less doctors.
In one area – Swale in Kent – there is only one GP of every 3,300 patients, while Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire is less than one per 1,200.
The Royal College of GP said the scarcity threatened the risk, but the NHS leaders said it was a problem.
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However, the president of RCGP, Prof. Helen Stokes-Lampard said that none of them addressed the urgent problems faced by the profession.
He said that the differences in the number of family doctors were "surprising" and "surprising."
"Suggests that there are areas of the country that are really struggling to get the head physicians they need.
"Over the last decade, general practice has not received the investment you need."
She believes that the health service in England is 6,000 doctors far from what she needs, currently has little more than 34,000, and the problems implied that the care was not "safe" in some places.
The executive chairman of the patient association, Rachel Power, said the results were "worrying."
She said, in addition to risking security, shortage also meant "a greater difficulty in getting an appointment and more waiting".
Which areas have fewer doctors head?
The analysis analyzes the number of GP patients in each local area of the NHS, known as clinical commission groups.
It shows a triple difference between areas with more GP and less.
The worst areas (GP patients)
- Swale: 3,342
- Horsham and Mid Sussex: 2.997
- Bradford City: 2,587
- Thanet: 2,520
- Bexley: 2,479
Best areas (GP patients)
- Rushcliffe: 1,192
- Camden: 1,227
- Liverpool: 1,283
- North Derbyshire: 1,286
- Corby: 1,369
Could there be valid reasons for differences?
There is no official recommendation of how many patients have a GP.
This is because the demand that each patient places in his GP is different.
Older patients, young children or people with long-term conditions, such as diabetes, will have to see their head physicians more than others.
If a doctor has many of these patients in their books, they will not be able to face so many patients.
This could be behind some of the differences that are seen, but not everything, the RCGP said.
The situation gets worse?
The data provided by NHS Digital only goes back to 2015.
In this time, it is shown that the number of head physicians employed has decreased slightly while their patient population has increased.
For the average GP, this means that its load capacity has increased in almost 80 patients to 1.734.
The heads of the NHS believe they will improve in the coming years.
What are you doing to tackle the problem?
NHS England is increasing the proportion of the budget spent in the general practice in an attempt to recruit 5,000 more GPs.
There are signs that begin to have an impact. A few years ago, one in 10 training sites were not completed.
But last year they were filled, in fact, more places were opened in which 3,400 people were formed.
The RCGP warned that this will take some time to impact, given the number of years it takes to form a doctor.
The university wants to see more incentives to encourage doctors to work in areas where there is a shortage.
In the past, "golden hellos" worth £ 20,000 have been used to attract head physicians in some areas.
An NHS spokesman in England also pointed out that there were thousands of nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals who worked with GPs and, with the additional investment made in the NHS, these staff would help "free more resources for to GP services in all communities ".
Data analysis for Clara Guibourg