GP Closures at Record Levels

The number of GP practices shutting their doors in England has risen to record highs, forcing more than a quarter of a million people to change their family doctor.

According to an investigation by Pulse, 57 practices closed last year while an additional 34 disappeared into practice mergers, meaning that, overall, 265,000 patients had to change their practice, which is 150 percent more than in 2014 and 15 precent more than last year.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said too many practices are being forced to close because GPs and their teams can no longer cope with ever-growing patient demand without the necessary funding and workforce to deal with it.

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Published 7. April 2017 in News UK