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Recruitment timebomb for doctors and nurses in East Anglia

NHS in crisis: the recruitment timebomb the Anglia region where half the GPs and a quarter of nurses are nearing retirement. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Health professionals have issued a stark warning about a recruitment crisis in some parts of the Anglia region where half the GPs and a quarter of nurses are nearing retirement.

Some fear than many GP surgeries in our region could be forced to close as hundreds of key staff will soon end their careers.

A report by the Mid and South Essex sustainability and transformation partnership estimates half of the GP workforce and a quarter of the nursing workforce in the county could retire by the year 202.

GPs surgeries there are currently only able to meet 83% of the demand for appointments.

Doctors have criticised the government for not doing enough to tackle high workloads and poor morale in the profession but the government says plans are in place to cope

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey