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Bristol MP calls for urgent meeting over GP closure

Dawn Primarolo says she was 'shocked' at the news of the surgery closure Credit: ITV West

Bristol South MP, Dawn Primarolo, is calling for an urgent meeting to ensure a GP's practice in the city with six thousand patients stays open. The two doctors who run St Martin's Surgery in Knowle, are leaving due to stress and because they can't recruit staff.

The NHS says it is looking at an interim service while it finds a solution.

Practice can't recruit enough staff to cope

St Martin's Surgery in Knowle has written to its 6,000 patients telling them that their two doctors have tendered their resignations.

The GPs, Dr Hard and Dr Houghton, say they've been unable to recruit new doctors to replace those who have left.

Dr Holly Hardy says they are now so overworked they can't cope, and the surgery will be closed in September unless they can find new practice GPs.

She says "the decision to walk away was not one which has been taken lightly."

Dr Hardy says NHS England has been as supportive as possible but there aren't enough staff in the profession to fill jobs.

NHS England says it has requested 'expressions of interest' in the practice and received some enquiries.