GP surgeries ‘at breaking point’ over new patients

Published: Wednesday 6th January 2016 by The News Editor

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At least 100 GP surgeries are reported to have applied to stop taking on new patients, amid claims many are reaching breaking point.

Practices are struggling to cope with a rising demand from patients, a lack of resources and a GP shortage, the British Medical Association’s GP committee chairman told the BBC.

Just under half of those that applied in 2014-2015 were either denied permission to do so or withdrew the request, a Freedom of Information request by the BBC showed.

Dr Chaand Nagpul told the broadcaster: “GP services are reaching breaking point as they struggle to cope with rising patient demand, falling resources and a shortage of GPs,” he said.

“Closing their list is the only option to maintain safe care to their local community.”

A survey published last April claimed to show a ” shocking shortage” of GPs.

GP magazine Pulse said the shortage had led to a 9% vacancy rate in surgeries, up from 6% the previous year.

The average time to fill a partnership vacancy was 5.7 months, the survey said.

Published: Wednesday 6th January 2016 by The News Editor

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