Responding to reports that another practice in Brighton is set to close – the seventh in two years – Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee deputy chair, said:
“This is a disastrous situation for the people of Brighton and highlights once again the crisis facing general practice across the country. GP services are being overwhelmed by a combination of rising patient demand, contracting budgets and chronic staff shortages. Recent BMA surveys have found that a third of GP practices have had vacancies for 12 months, nine out of ten believe their workload is damaging patient safety and more than 300 GP practices are facing closure.
“We cannot allow this situation to go on. The government must begin a programme of long term investment in GP services that ensures all patients have access to the services they need.”
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