GP surgeries in England will turn away patients more than 50 million times next year as practices become increasingly overstretched, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has warned.
A lack of investment has brought the service to "its knees" as it struggles to meet patient demand, the professional medical body said.
Research of a recent patient survey predicted that patients may be turned away 51.3 million times next year.
Doctors' leaders said the figures were a "shocking indictment" of the system and warned the situation was only likely to get worse unless investment was increased.
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