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GPs forced to turn away patients because of winter pressures

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k81 (Published 05 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k81
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

GPs are being forced to turn away patients because they do not have the capacity to safely treat the number of people seeking care this winter, doctors have warned.

General practice leaders said that the pressures reported in NHS hospitals are equally prevalent in GP surgeries, which are struggling to cope with an “overwhelming” demand for appointments and home visits, and a spike in respiratory illnesses and flu.

Dean Eggitt, a GP in Doncaster and medical secretary of Doncaster Local Medical Committee, told The BMJ, “I have never worked so hard and seen so many patients in my entire life. We’re getting to the …

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