Over 500 surgeries at risk of closure as GP workforce crisis deepens

3 October 2014

RCGP figures show surgeries could be forced to close in the next year

Up to 543 GP practices in England – potentially rising to nearly 600 across the UK – could be forced to close within the next year because of a deepening crisis in GP recruitment and retention, which is leaving many practices unable to replace family doctors who are retiring from the profession.

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