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One in 10 GP practices in England are financially unsustainable, BMA poll suggests

Nearly 10% of GP practices in England believe they are financially unsustainable and one in five are in a weak financial position, a BMA poll of almost 3,000 surgeries suggests.

Almost half of practices that responded to the poll reported that they had GPs who planned to retire or quit UK general practice in the next 12 months.

GP leaders have urged practices to consider dropping unfunded work to ease pressure. Earlier this week, a GPonline survey revealed that one in three practices have stopped providing some services in the past year because they were not being funded by the NHS.

BMA leaders warned that the union’s survey findings reveal the extent of the growing GP crisis in England.

A total of 2,830 GP practices – more than a third of all practices in England – responded to the BMA survey, with 294 reporting that they are financially unsustainable.

GPs at 610 practices (one in five) reported that their surgery was in a weak financial position, while just one in 20 reported a strong financial position.

Read more at GP Online.

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