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GP shortage could increase waiting lists

A shortage of hundreds of family doctors in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire could extend waiting lists for GP appointments even further. 500 extra doctors are needed in our region, according to figures from Hull York Medical School. Some medical practices are now looking overseas to recruit GPs.

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Doctors take industrial action

GPs across the region are taking industrial action today in a row over pensions.

It is the first walkout of its kind since 1975 and will last for 24 hours. Doctors say they are being treated "differently" to other civil servants.

Doctors are walking out for the first time in over 30 years Credit: Calendar

Plans by the Government could see the retirement age for doctors rising from 65 to 68 by 2015, with contributions to pension schemes also increasing.

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