Following reports that the Landsdowne practice in Bedfordshire is facing close, Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee deputy chair, said:
“The BMA has repeatedly warned that GP practices like those in Bedford and Luton are at risk of closure. A recent BMA survey found that more than 300 practices across England feared they were financially unsustainable. Sadly, the predicament of the Lansdowne surgery is one that many face and its closure will leave patients worried and add to the pressure on neighbouring practices who will now have to cater for more patients.
“The government must take urgent steps to both deliver significant new investment in to general practice and address unsustainable workload pressures to stop the collapse of local GP practices and ensure that the public has access to an effective, local service.”
A statement about the possible closure of the practice can be found here.
The BMA's survey of vulnerable practices can be found here.
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