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Two-week waits for GP 'could soon be standard'

Patients may have to get used to waiting two-weeks to see their GP, a health chief has warned. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, who chairs the general practitioner committee for the British Medical Association, said GP services were "imploding".

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Govt accuses BMA of 'scaremongering' over GP access

The Department of Health has dismissed claims GP services are "imploding" as "scaremongering" and claimed the number of family doctors has risen by 1,000 since 2010.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said:

It is scaremongering to say that GP services are 'imploding'.

The number of GPs has gone up by 1,000 since 2010 and we've taken tough decisions to protect the NHS budget so we can strengthen family doctoring, reform out-of-hospital care and improve GP access for 7.5 million people.

GPs agreed to be at the heart of our radical plans for more personalised community care in return for cutting their targets by more than a third to free up more time with patients.

– Department of Health spokeswoman

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