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Over half of GPs are prepared to close their lists to new patients, says BMA

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4187 (Published 07 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4187
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Over half of GPs are prepared to temporarily close their lists to new patients, and two fifths are prepared to close them permanently, a BMA survey has found. In light of the results the BMA urged the government to tackle the growing crisis threatening GP services.

Of the 7824 general practices in England, 1870 (24%) took part in the BMA survey. Of those that responded, 1005 (54%) said that they would consider temporarily suspending patient registration. Asked whether they would consider applying for a permanent, formal list closure from NHS England, 822 (44%) said that they …

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