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At the heart of general practice since 1960

Updated: Are practices closing in your area?

A Pulse investigation of 44 areas in the UK has revealed that at least 109 practices are imminently or seriously considering closing. See what’s happening in your area with our interactive map

Source: Pulse survey of 25 local leaders across the UK

 

Readers' comments (5)

  • Make that 61! Despite all efforts to recruit or merge over a 2 yr period to secure the future for a high achieving & highly regarded practice there is currently one faint hope left. If this goes the way of all past hopes then closure beckons in the next few months. This is not because the practice failed in any way but because of the starvation and withdrawal of primary care funding and resources in the face of the relentless increase in unfunded & underfunded workload pressed upon us through this unequal contract whilst demand for GP time is whipped up from all directions and every source it seems. This coupled with the wicked 10yr long & increasingly destructive negative spin campaign against GPs has made junior doctors and exhausted senior GPs vote with their feet.A once much loved and prized vocation has become a mugs game.And who would be a principal in General Practice now? The answer seems to be very few..only those trapped with negative practice equity and the hardy few who will hold out to see in the new era and hope they can make some entrepreneurial success of whatever evolves. As the next few months play out it remains to be seen if the BMA & RCGP campaigns will make any headway at all in reversing what seems to be the deliberate destabilisation of General Practice. Whatever the outcome it is too little too late for 60 practices...l am sure there will be many readers thinking "soon to become 61" unless there is a major change in policy and promptly so. Otherwise the GPs, Nurses & clerical staff caught up in this folly face a desperately sad and needlessly punitive end to the many years of dedicated hard work and selflessness invested in their patients and the local communities ...a disinvestment and betrayal that disgrace for such a wealthy and advanced society .The Government, who have no mandate for any of their many changes to the NHS to date, won't understand what they have lost until it is too late, and the populace won't forgive in a hurry when they realise they were kept in the dark and slept through the destruction of general practice and the piecemeal sell off of the NHS.

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  • So many gps are burnt out and so few willing to buy in best to get out while market for property is good or deregister like dr field practice
    You won't regret getting ouy

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  • GP partner 11:04am
    'The Government, who have no mandate for any of their many changes to the NHS to date'

    It is indeed shocking to be reminded of this fact. That General Practice should be totally destroyed by this wicked government with no mention of their plans in any manifesto...no-one in this country voted on this issue...an underhanded dishonest and disgraceful perversion of our democracy.

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  • "That General Practice should be totally destroyed by this wicked government with no mention of their plans in any manifesto...no-one in this country voted on this issue...an underhanded dishonest and disgraceful perversion of our democracy."

    Fully agree - however, to be complete, Labour laid the foundations for all of this and they are equally responsible. And - the CQC, GMC, RCGP and most importantly the BMA.

    It is multifactorial. Very sad.

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  • None showing in Huddersfield area but already 3 single handed practices been dispersed by NHS England and one more likely to happen soon. Practices are having to absorb a huge number of new patients, already one practice which had 3500 patients has got a list size of 10000 and a building which is not suited for such large list.

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