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New wave of GP practice closures across UK is 'deeply concerning

8 August 2017, Pulse

GP leaders are 'deeply concerned' following the closure of another four GP practices and proposals to close two branch surgeries.

Brownhill Surgery in Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, which serves 7,000 patients has announced it will close its doors in November after struggling with workload pressures and recruitment.

In a statement on behalf of the practice, from Wessex LMCs chief executive Dr Nigel Watson, they said they had been left with ‘no option’.

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Dr Watson said: ‘At Brownhill we have tried really hard to provide the best care we can to our patients. Unfortunately we have had GPs leave because of the workload.

‘We have been unable to recruit new GPs to replace them.

‘We are not alone in the problems with recruitment and retention but it has hit us harder than most.’

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