Seven million people are now being offered GP appointments via Skype and email as well as out-of-hours in an attempt to combat overstretching of services.
The Department of Health said the number of GPs had also increased by 1,000 since 2010.
A spokesman said: "We know GPs are working under pressure which is why we have cut GPs' targets to free up time with patients and are increasing trainees so that GP numbers continue to grow faster than the population."
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