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Many GP surgeries 'undermining' care with outdated facilities

Many GP surgeries are "undermining" the care provided by doctors, the British Medical Association (BMA) has warned. Top GP Dr Chaand Nagpaul expressed concerns patients were unable to access basic services because of poor surgery facilities.

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Two in five GPs 'feel surgery is inadequate'

Some 39% of GPs feel the premises they see patients on is in too poor shape to properly care for them.

According to a poll of 4,000 GPs:

  • Two thirds said they had been prevented from developing or refurbishing their premises because of a lack of cash.
  • And a number raised concerns about the impact of "hot-desking", or sharing consulting rooms with colleagues, saying that it hampered their ability to carry out a full range of services.

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