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Two faces of general practice

GPs often complain about the Government's one-size-fits-all approach to policy and funding. Pulse looks at the unique challenges faced by a large urban practice and a small rural one.

GPs often complain about the Government's one-size-fits-all approach to policy and funding. Pulse looks at the unique challenges faced by a large urban practice and a small rural one.

Pulse reporter Gareth Iacobucci visited the Erdington Medical Centre in north east Birmingham, with a patient list of 25,000 across the practice, and the 7,000-patient Buxted Surgery in Buxted, East Sussex.

Urban practice: Erdington Medical Centre

If a packed waiting room is the sign of a busy practice, then the Erdington Medical Centre in Birmingham is a very busy practice indeed.

Read the full story of Pulse's visit here, or watch our video about the practice here.

Rural practice: Buxted Surgery

Traditional family practice has often been described as a cottage industry, and at Dr Clarissa Fabre's surgery, the term applies in a literal sense.

Read the full story of Pulse's visit here, or watch our video about the practice here.

Dr Robert Morley, senior partner at the Erdington Medical Centre Dr Robert Morley, senior partner at the Erdington Medical Centre

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