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Allocations still increasing

GPs are struggling to cope with a continuing rise in patient allocations.

Nearly two practices in five said they had received more forced allocations from their primary care organisation this year.

Almost a quarter of GPs had been allocated more than 20 patients this year, with one in six receiving more than 30.

Dr Babu Mistry, a GP in Leicester, said he had been allocated around 30 patients, mainly asylum seekers from Somalia, so far.

'It's difficult for us to cope as we already have one GP down and a singlehanded practice in the area has closed down recently,' he said.

Other patients seeking to join the practice were be-

ing told it was full, he added.

Dr Nooralla Kassam said his practice in Salford turned away patients believed to have a drug addiction when they came into reception, but then was having to take them as allocations. He said: 'A lot of them have been turned away from other areas but we have to take them. They cause us all sorts of problems.'

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