Thursday, September 23News For London

Tag: GP Closures

One in five London GP practices at risk of closure

DontUse, Health
109 GP surgeries in the capital could close over the next three years according to a recent survey. Nearly half of London’s 1,300 GP practices were contacted on behalf of Londonwide LMC, a group that represents the capitals GPs who found 19 intended to close by 2019. This would leave over 100,000 patients without care. One fifth of practises could not rule out the possibility of closure, potentially resulting in one million patients losing their family doctor. Most GPs blamed bureaucracy, increased demand and GP shortages as factors. With 49 per cent said they currently have a staff vacancy and 31 per cent in need of at least one GP. The worst affected boroughs are Kensington and Chelsea and Barnet who are likely to lose at least four practices each. Chief executive of London