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Over 200 general practices closed or merged in England last year

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 14 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3439
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

More than 200 GP surgeries in England have closed or merged in the past year, figures from NHS Digital have shown.1

Some 202 general practices closed or merged from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017, and eight practices opened in the same period. The BMA warned that the figures were just “the tip of the iceberg” and that many more practices were at risk of closure because of rising demand, workforce shortages, and financial pressure.

The closures and mergers were spread throughout the country, as almost half (98) of England’s 207 clinical commissioning groups saw at least one …

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