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GP leader warns of hundreds of practice closures

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6040 (Published 03 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6040
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

Hundreds of general practice surgeries in the United Kingdom risk closing within the next year unless urgent action is taken to bolster the current workforce, the chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners has warned.

In a speech to more than 2000 GPs and health professionals at the college’s annual conference in Liverpool, Maureen Baker said that many practices were unable to replace doctors who were retiring or leaving the profession, leaving them at risk of closure. Ahead of …

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