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GPs 'to turn away patients 50 million times in 2015'

GP surgeries in England will turn away patients over 50 million times next year as practices become increasingly overstretched, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has warned.

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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GPs to 'turn away patients over 50 million times'

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.

GP surgeries are becoming increasingly overstretched, medical professionals have 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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