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Doctors to discuss 'GPs de-registering patients'

Doctors will discuss the growing problem of GPs deregistering their patients to cope with the combined strains of low staff numbers and flimsy resources. The British Medical Association will debate the "critical shortage" in doctors later today.

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'De-registering patients' to be debated by doctors

Doctors at the British Medical Association (BMA) will debate the growing number of GPs de-registering their patients as they try to cope with dwindling staff numbers and stretched resources.

The NHS is facing a recruitment crisis with a lack of new, trained family doctors rising up the ranks. Credit: PA

The BMA has warned of a "critical shortage" in GPs after figures out last week revealed take-up of family doctor training is at its lowest level since 2007.

Figures from Health Education England show that overall there are 451 vacancies across the UK for GP trainees, with Liverpool suffering the biggest number of empty GP places.

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