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GP shortage puts patients at risk

GP shortage puts pressure on practices to meet patient demand Credit: ITV News

According to a survey by the BMA 32% of GP vacancies in the South East fail to be filled - which is higher than the national average.

A survey of 3,567 GP partners found that almost a third of practices in England were unable to fill vacancies for a year which created excessive workloads and impacted on the level of care given to patients.

These chronic shortages come despite government promises at the last election to recruit 5,000 more GPs, a pledge that has failed to materialise. We need ministers to listen to the warnings from grassroots GPs and implement in full their pledges.

– Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair