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Hundreds of GPs still carry out less than half of their patient appointments face-to-face, according to practice-level data published for the first time.

Steve Barclay, the health secretary, said publishing the data would allow patients to make informed choices about which GP they are registered with.

But the British Medical Association (BMA) accused ministers of trying to “name and shame” practices without considering the factors behind variation in performance.

New figures from NHS Digital also show a fall in the proportion of consultations taking place on the same day they are requested. A fifth of the agreements are more than two weeks late.

There were 36.1 million appointments with GPs and their teams in October, of which

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