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Council calls for review of GP surgery move

Councillors will today discuss problems faced by the doctors' surgery in Watton.

1,500 patients are being de-registered because the surgery says it is over subscribed and they live too far away.

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Council wants county-wide action over GP shortages

A council is calling for county-wide action over GP shortages.

Breckland Council says a 10% shortfall in the number of GPs across Norfolk together with a problem in recruiting GPs led to the Watton GP surgery de-registering 1,500 patients.

The council has just published the findings of an investigation into the issues behind the patients being removed from the surgery register.

In a statement Cllr Phil Cowen, for the council, said:

We are seriously concerned that people in rural areas are experiencing increasing difficulties accessing local GP services, with Watton just the latest and most serious example.

Cross-Norfolk action is required to address this systemic issue and we want to encourage NHS England to take the lead in this.

The shortage of GPs will nlot be resolved without clear action."

– Cllr Phil Cowen

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