Responding to the latest NHS Digital Report on the number of patients registering at GP practices, Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair, said:
"Whilst 2.6 million additional patients have registered with GP practices in the last four years the funding and staffing levels provided by the government to GP practices have simply not kept pace with this rising demand.
"Not only are GPs treating more people than ever before, the complexity of problems they have to deal with has increased as people live longer with more long-term conditions. This is creating a climate where GP services are struggling to cope with unsustainable workload and deliver the care their local communities need.
"A recent BMA survey found that more than half of GP practices were considering closing their patient lists as they could no longer provide safe care to the public.
"GP practices urgently need funding that matches the understandable demand from patients. There were more warm words from the Secretary of State this week, but patients need action and not more pledges from politicians."
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