Hundreds of GP practices forced to close early following riots

Hundreds of GP practices in London were forced to close early on Tuesday as violence spread across England.

Many surgeries were forced to close due to the threat of further riots (Photograph: Rexfeatures)
Many surgeries were forced to close due to the threat of further riots (Photograph: Rexfeatures)

218 GP practices across London closed early yesterday due to disturbances, NHS London has said.

The majority of practices closed in the afternoon, around two hours before normal closing time. NHS London was advised by five London practices that they were unable to do extended hours.

Dr Jonathan Tomlinson, a GP in Hackney, east London was forced to close his surgery after his staff and premises were threatened by the violence.

Dr Tomlinson told his Twitter followers: 'Have had to close surgery due to risk of violence to building and staff.'

Dr Rosemary Leonard, a GP in south London, was also forced to close her surgery after receiving reports of unrest spreading to the local area. 

She tweeted: ‘Just shut the surgery; apparently gangs in Crystal Palace and heading down Gipsy Hill.’

However despite rioting continuing in London yesterday, chief executive of Londonwide LMCs Dr Michelle Drage reported that 90% of practices were able to provided a normal service all day.

GP practices in Liverpool were also affected when violence spread to the city.

Practices across the city were advised by Liverpool PCT that they were not expected to do extended hours, due to unrest in the city, Dr Rob Barnett from Liverpool LMCs said.

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