Practices register patients despite rising pressure...
7 November 2014, GP Online
GP practices are continuing to take on new patients despite lacking the capacity to do so, a GP survey has revealed
GPC member and Wessex LMCs chief executive Dr Nigel Watson said it was quite common for practices to be refused permission to close their lists. 'In our area, very few practices have been able to close their lists, but many have asked and been told no, you can't.'
Even practices unable to replace two or three retired GPs find it difficult to gain permission to close their lists, he said.
In many areas, every practice was working at capacity, and if one closed its list there would be a massive impact on the others, so area teams 'won't allow anybody to do so', he warned.
Dr Watson welcomed GPs working to ensure services continue for patients despite the pressures, but said more practices would close their lists if they were allowed to.
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