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London nearly 300 GPs short of quota

London is 294 full-time GPs short of its quota of doctors, a survey has revealed.

The study of primary care trust vacancy rates by the London Evening Standard found an average of 7 per cent of posts were unfilled.

Hounslow PCT had the worst shortage, with 28 posts vacant. The highest lists were in Newham PCT where GPs look after 2,600 patients on average.

The shortage across the city meant 46,000 patients had to be allocated to a GP last year.

The findings come after GP trainers complained that registrar posts in London were still being cut, despite a supposed U-turn by the Government on plans to slash training budgets.

Dr Karim Jan-Mohamed, co-chair of Greenwich LMC, said most London GPs knew of practices that had been looking for partners for more than two years.

He added: 'The cost of living and property values is an important issue in London.'

The Department of Health said London saw a net increase 204 doctors last year.

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