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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It is thought GPs will turn away patients over 50 million times next year due. Credit: PA

The Department of Health said the number of GPs had also increased by 1,000 since 2010.

A spokesman said: "We know GPs are working under pressure which is why we have cut GPs' targets to free up time with patients and are increasing trainees so that GP numbers continue to grow faster than the population."

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